Warrior turn back 'Betsy

By Allen LaMountain

   Happy Valley's Britton Brumit survived a shaky sixth inning, in which the Elizabethton Cyclones touched him for two runs to cut the Warrior lead in half, enroute to a complete game 4-2 victory on Friday evening at Joe O'Brien Field.
   Brumit scattered seven hits, while striking out seven and walking two, in going the distance.
   "I kind of saved a little bit at the end so I could go (the distance)," Brumit said. "My defense backed me up the whole game, and I was proud of the whole team's effort."
   Happy Valley (4-3, 10-7) struck early due to some wildness by Cyclone starter Joseph Vines who walked Cody Whitlock with one away in the top of the first.
   Whitlock stole second base as Vines whiffed Shawn Baer, but Warrior catcher Cody Cannon ripped a bomb into the gap in right-center field for an RBI double that gave Happy Valley a 1-0 advantage.
   Brumit too had early troubles as B.J. Miller led off for 'Betsy and ripped a liner to center for a base hit, but Cannon gunned Miller down trying to steal second.
   That would prove big as Travis Bowers then singled to right, which would have put Cyclone runners on the corners, and Justin Williams was plunked by Brumit -- putting runners on first and second.
   That rally went by the boards however, as neither Chris Hurt nor Daniel Range were able to plate the tying run.
   "We had trouble putting the ball in play early on," said EHS skipper Steve McKinney. "But (Brumit) is their ace and he pitched a good game. We battled them all the way, and even when we were down by four, we still battled."
   The Cyclones (3-5, 6-6) missed another chance to get to Brumit in the third as Miller singled again with one-out and advanced to second on a grounder by Bowers.
   Williams singled to the infield, but Brumit got Hurt to bounce out to second to end the threat.
   "(Brumit's) our best," said Warriors head coach Greg Hyder. "He has good stuff, and I was proud of him tonight. He hasn't faced much adversity, and he needed the it. I think the team as a whole needed it."
   Another Vines free pass -- this to Tim Whaley in the Warrior fourth -- hurt 'Betsy once again as Shannon Buchannon ripped an RBI single up the middle after Whaley had stolen second base.
   In all, the Warriors stole five bases on EHS, while 'Betsy was unsuccessful in both of it's steal attempts.
   In the fifth Back's sacrifice fly to deep center allowed Baer to score after he had walked with one-out. Of the five walks surrendered by Vines in his mound stint, three of those would end up crossing the plate for HV.
   The Warriors made it a 4-0 game in the sixth when Ryan Toney singled to lead off the frame, and McKinney decided at that point to go with reliever Wes Greer.
   Greer got two outs -- on a strikeout and grounder -- but a wild pitch moved Toney to third and Lamar Rollins' single plated Toney with the fourth tally of the day for Happy Valley.
   'Betsy answered the bell in the sixth -- getting to a tiring Brumit -- but weren't able to land the blow to knock him out.
   Bowers walked, Williams singled, and Hurt also walked to load the bases with no outs. Range then hit a chopper that Toney got the tip of his glove on at third, but was unable to get anyone out and EHS was on the board.
   Michael Porter's fielders choice grounder forced Hurt at third, and allowed pinch runner Jake Berkley to score, but both Josh Irick and Joseph Taylor went down and the EHS rally was history.
   Jeremy Hodge singled to open the seventh for 'Betsy but was thrown out stealing and EHS went down in order from there.
   When asked if he felt Brumit was running out of gas in the late stages Hyder replied, "All I had was a little freshman, who was ready to go in, but I felt Brumit would battle through it, and he did."