’Betsy made quick work of the Happy Valley Lady Warriors in the second round of the District 1-AA softball tournament, winning 15-0 at home in five innings.
Elizabethton advances to play Unicoi County today at 5:30 p.m. Happy Valley will play Sullivan East at 7.
MACIE’S BIG DAY
Elizabethton’s Macie West had a game for the ages, going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the first inning and a fourth-inning grand slam. She finished with seven RBIs on the day.
West’s early bomb was part of a four-run first for the Lady Cyclones. Lauren Brickey picked up the other RBI with a double.
BRICKEY THROWS GAS
Brickey got the start in the circle for Elizabethton and did allow a hit through the first 3 ⅓ innings. She finished the night with the shutout win, allowing three hits, walking one and fanning nine batters.
Macie Herrmann drew threw walks on the night, two by way of four-ball counts and once on a hit-by-pitch. She also scored three runs for Elizabethton.
Haley Fair scored three runs and was 1-for-2 with two walks.
Kira Dillard scored two runs while Bailey Creasy and Maggie Johnson each scored once.
Unicoi County 10, Sullivan East 0
The Lady Blue Devils jumped out to an early lead and rode pitcher Halie Padgett to victory in the other winners’ bracket semifinal game.
She also hit a three-run home run — a no-doubter to center field — in the bottom of the first inning.
The Lady Patriots tallied only one hit on the night against Padgett and it was in the first inning by Jana White.
East had numerous grounders to either side of the infield, which made the work for Padgett all that easier.
LADY DEVILS PULL AWAY
Unicoi finally blew the game wide open with six runs in the bottom of the sixth to get the run rule in effect.
Chloe Powers ripped a three-run triple to have the runs start piling up. She hit it down the right-field line and into the corner.
Sydney Miller drove in two more runs with a single and that pretty much did in the Lady Patriots.
Johnson County 6, Sullivan South 4
The losers’ bracket game proved to be a dandy as Johnson County edged out Sullivan South in a wild game — eliminating the Lady Rebels.
REBELS STRIKE FIRST
Pitcher Taylor McConnell broke the game open in the fourth with a solo home run to start the inning. The Lady Rebels would add another run in the inning off a series of Johnson County errors.
The Longhorns didn’t go away, surging back in the top off the fifth inning to grab a 3-2 lead.
Emmy Miller hit a single that scored the first two runs — courtesy of Natalie Winters and Lindsey Wills.
There was some controversy as the Rebels had two errors in the inning that ultimately cost them a pair of outs. Moreover, South had an aggressive tag-out by McConnell that looked like an obstruction call, but was ruled otherwise.
LONGHORNS POUR IT ON
Lady ’Horns pitcher Hannah Brooks had quite a day in the circle and at the plate as she got the complete game win with two strikeouts. She also had a three-run home run in the sixth inning that proved to be the dagger.
Allison Chapman clubbed a two-run home run for the Lady Rebels. Taylor Wexler scored twice and was 2-for-3.
McConnell went the distance for South and totaled six strikeouts.