Elizabethton loses pair on the road

By Ivan Sanders

MAYNARDVILLE -- Sometimes it does a team good to step outside the conference as the season dwindles down to the final days.
   The Cyclones of Elizabethton made a day of it in Union County on Saturday, playing a double dip against Claiborne County and host Union County at Union County High School.
   In game one, Claiborne County took a hard-fought, 2-1, eight-inning contest. Claiborne County managed to reach EHS early as Billy Cox singled and came home on a ground out by Nick Bain.
   The game stayed 1-0 in Claiborne County's favor until Elizabethton tied the score in the top of the sixth.
   Daniel Range doubled and scored on a sacrifice hit by Michael Porter with an error given to the third baseman on an attempt to nail Range at third.
   The game went into the eighth knotted at 1-1, when Josh Holt tripled and came in to score the winning run on a Joseph Luke single past a diving Travis Bowers to end the game in Claiborne's win column.
   Porter, Williams and B.J. Miller had solid performances in the opening contest.
   Game two saw host Union County use three huge homers, two by Adam Nicely, to hold off the Cyclones in the afternoon finale by a score of 10-7.
   EHS took a 2-0 first inning lead only to see UC post three in the second. The Cyclones added four in the third, but UC stayed tight by scoring two in the bottom.
   UC held EHS to only one run over the next four innings while adding five more to their tally in taking the 10-7 win. Nat Treadway, Kelly Adkins and Daniel Range showed up big for the Cyclones in the second contest.