Science Hill scored more often, but Elizabethton scored in bunches and included the bottom of the sixth.
“I personally don’t think it’s ver happened and I’ve been associated with Elizabethton athletics since 1994,” Elizabethton head coach Ryan Presnell said. “The thing people need to understand is it’s a rivalry game in numbers and stats go out the window. A lot of these kids played against each other their whole lives and it was really good to bring up the tail end of what the athletic department accomplished this year.
“We missed a lot of really good opportunities early in the game. We adjusted and had a new approach at the plate, a new approach in the coaches’ box about how we are going to do things. I told a couple of the coaches calling pitches and positioning defense tonight call it to win it.”
CYCLONES RALLY IN SIXTH
A pair of one-out walks set Elizabethton up Jaden Anderson grounded to first where Hunter Phillips threw to second base to try to get Lawson Wagner out, but the throw went astray.
That mishap allowed pinch-runner Austin Burchfield to score and tie the game. Jacob Mullins was up next and had a RBI groundout to second as Wagner scored the eventual game-winning run.
Wagner closed the game out for the Cyclones. He recorded the final four outs with two coming via strikeouts.
Evan Perkins came through with two outs and teammates in scoring position with third-inning production. He sent a ball to left field where the sun affected Jack Torbett and the ball landed safely. Nico Ashley and Karsten Dillard were on base after a single and walk, respectively. Ashley stole second and a wild pitch from Cole Torbett allowed both to move into scoring position.
Perkins stole third before Dailey sent a ball to shortstop Landon Slemp who misplayed it and that run make it a 3-2 score.
SCIENCE HILL SCORES OFTEN
The Hilltoppers had runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings.
The sixth-inning run broke a 3-3 tie as Caleb Marmo tripled to center field as Jack Torbett scored on the play. That came with two outs as the ’Toppers were productive with two outs.
Science Hill had six hits with two outs and three of the runs came with two outs on the scoreboard.
“They did a good job of putting a comeback together with the bottom of their order there. They put contact on the ball and took the lead,” Science Hill head coach Ryan Edwards said. “We had some good timely hits ourselves, but we just didn’t get it done. I thought our pitchers threw well, but we had untimely walks though that cost us in the end. We have to get sharper tomorrow.”
The second inning saw Jackson Hill score on a grounder by Jack Torbett. The third inning run was a RBI single from Hill as Cade McCoy made it a 2-0 score.