Elizabethton’s sidearm specialist kept David Crockett off balance from start to finish, and the Cyclones delivered an 11-0 mercy-rule baseball win Friday at Miller Park.
It was the sixth straight win for the Cyclones, who improved to 16-4 on the season.
“We’ve had a good locker room all year,” said Cyclones’ head coach Ryan Presnell. “The seniors have stepped up and started setting a tone.”
David Crockett fell to 6-12.
Wagner (3-0) never flinched on the mound, holding Crockett to two hits. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, and didn’t walk a batter while striking out three for the game.
“I was really just trying to work away,” said Wagner. “I was throwing curveballs and it was working.”
Wagner said his throwing motion is comfortable.
“It just feels better for my arm,” he said. “People say it’s not good, but it feels better to me.”
Presnell said Wagner was tough against a good-hitting team.
“That’s what happens when a guy with that much movement throws strikes,” said Presnell. “And when they did start drawing a little bit of a bead on him, he was going with the slider and changeup. When a guy from that angle throws three pitches for strikes, there’s not a whole lot you can do.”
The hits were few (6), but the runs were many (11) for Elizabethton.
Evan Perkins had one of the most interesting batting lines that can be produced. He was 1 for 1 with four RBIs without an extra-base hit. He drove in two runs with a first-inning single, added a sacrifice fly in the third, and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth inning.
Matthew Dailey totaled two hits and three RBIs while leadoff man Karson Dillard also added three RBIs.
The Cyclones stole six bases in the game, including two each by Evan Carter and Perkins.
“It was good reads off of their pitchers,” said Presnell. “We opened the green light for several of our guys, and let them do what it is they do.”