Lady Warriors fall short vs. Cougars

from staff reports

   Happy Valley threatened to erase a seven-run deficit Monday afternoon, but Sullivan Central was able to hold on for a 10-8 victory in Watauga Conference softball play.
   Bolstered by a five-run third inning, the Lady Cougars held a 9-2 lead after batting in the top half of the fourth.
   From there Happy Valley started chipping away, scoring two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth.
   The Lady Warrior comeback, though, fell just shy of making it all the way. Sullivan Central tallied a run in the seventh before holding HV scoreless in its final turn at the plate.
   Leading the way for Happy Valley was Terra Whaley with a 2-for-4 performance. Alicia Dick chipped in at 1-for-2 as the Lady Warriors totaled nine hits as a team.
   Central, which totaled 10 hits and benefited from seven HV errors, got a 2-for-2, two-walk effort from Crabtree. Dishman went 2-for-4 with a triple.
Cyclone junior varsity outlasts Sullivan Central

   BLOUNTVILLE -- With Mitchell Blevins shutting out Sullivan Central over the final six innings, and Trevor Hyder thumping the game-winning hit, Elizabethton defeated Sullivan Central 8-7 in an eight-inning junior varsity contest.
   Stung by five errors on the day, the Cyclones saw themselves trailing 8-4 at the end of the second inning, but Blevins gave Elizabethton the chance to stage a rally.
   Scoring three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to force extra innings, 'Betsy got the job done in the eighth. Nat Treadway got on board with a single, then stole two bases to set up Hyder's RBI single.
   Blevins (1-2) closed out a complete game on the mound, finishing with 13 strikeouts.
   "He got better as he went along," said EHS coach Ryan Witten.
   Troop Harris had three RBIs for the Cyclones, batting 2-for-4. Blevins helped his own cause with a two-run single.
   Elizabethton (2-4) entertains Unaka at 4 p.m. today.
Junior Cyclones dust Church Hill

   CHURCH HILL -- The T.A. Dugger baseball team is raising more than just eyebrows these days. The Junior Cyclones are also raising the level of competition in the Middle Seven Conference.
   After wins of 9-2 and 4-3 over Church Hill on Monday afternoon, TAD upped its record to an impressive 5-1 on the season.
   "The kids are getting a little taste of the winning part of it," said Junior Cyclone coach Jason Carter. "They're enjoying that."
   In game 1, Cory Pearson and J.C. Atkinson both went 3-for-4 as TAD walloped the Church Hill pitching for 13 hits. Nick McNeal and Aaron Bray followed at 2-for-3 apiece, while Ryan Kennedy, Adam Grindstaff and Weston Isaacs added a base hit each.
   Pearson got the win on the rubber, with McNeal recording a save.
   A much-closer game 2 saw Pearson play the hero with a 3-for-3 performance that included two home runs. His first homer was a three-run shot, and his solo job in the fifth broke a 4-4 tie.
   Grindstaff and McNeal had a base hit apiece. McNeal worked three solid innings on the mound before Grindstaff came in to pick up the victory.
   TAD next prepares for a Middle 7 showdown this Friday. The Junior Cyclones will be hosting Vance in a doubleheader.