EHS rally subdues Deacons

By Ivan Sanders

   The Deacons came to pay a friendly visit, but the Cyclones weren't in a very saintly mood.
   Elizabethton did accept the many gifts the visitors from St. Paul, Va. had to offer as the Cyclones came off the floor after being down 3-0 to rally and take an 8-3 victory at Joe O'Brien Field Friday evening.
   The Cyclones ran their win streak to three games with the victory as B.J. Miller kept the 'Clones in the game early from the hill with Travis Bowers and Daniel Range providing ample support in the latter innings.
   "We came out and gave them three early runs," stated Cyclone Helmsman Steve McKinney. "The kids we had in the lineup then started to hit the ball and we were able to come back."
   Neither team could muster anything in the first inning as both pitchers faced the minimum number of batters.
   St. Paul then regrouped and began to make some noise in the top of the second inning. Robert Holbrook singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
   Seth Padgett reached on an error that allowed Holbrook to take third. Josh Lawson then delivered an RBI single that scored Holbrook. Zac Lawson came in as a courtesy runner for Josh Lawson and promptly stole second.
   Ben Thompson walked to load the bases and Eric Turner singled to score Padgett. Daniel Davis added a sacrifice fly to provide the third run in the inning.
   The Cyclones responded with two of their own in the bottom of the inning. Justin Williams singled, took second on a ground out and advanced to third on an wild pitch.
   Bowers drew a walk and stole second. Jordan Bray also was given a free pass. Williams scored after Jeremy Hodge became the third free pass for the Deacons pitcher. Bowers would score on another error by St. Paul that pulled the Cyclones within one, 3-2.
   St. Paul was unable to get anything going in the top of the third. The Cyclones came to bat with their rally caps on and grabbed the lead in their frame.
   Michael Porter reached on a wild pitch on strike three and stole second base. Daniel Range then advanced Porter to third on a single and got into scoring position with a swiped base.
   Porter came in to score on a wild pitch and Josh Irick ripped a double to score Range. At the end of three the Cyclones led 4-3.
   The Deacons went quietly in the top of the fourth once again and the Cyclones responded with a deuce in the frame to increase the margin.
   Bowers scorched another single as did Hodge. Nathan Bishop, running for Bowers, came home on a wild pitch as did Hodge to edge the lead to 6-3.
   The Cyclones closed out their scoring in the bottom of the fifth as Irick walked, Bowers banged out another single, and Jordan Bray picked up two RBI's on a single.
   Elizabethton then took care of business over the next two innings to stretch their streak to three in a row.
   "This lineup I had out their tonight will probably be my lineup going into next week's schedule," said McKinney. "I really like the way they are playing."
   Miller picked up the win while Josh Lawson absorbed the loss. St. Paul picked up only four hits on the night while the Cyclones notched seven.