Lady Cyclones throttle Falcons

from staff reports

   The Cyclone softball team dropped the Volunteer Lady Falcons in a 3-0 shutout Thursday night, pulling their conference record to two and two.
   Sophomore pitcher Jessican Robinson threw the shutout for Elizabethton, striking out seven batters and allowing only two hits.
   The game was a defensive battle from the start. Neither team scored for four innings until Elizabethton put three runs on the board in the fifth inning.
   "We played a very good game," said Lady Cyclone coach Kenny Hardin. "Of course, they did too. Anytime you have that few hits, you know it's a good game.
   The victory placed Elizabethton fifth in the conference race, only a game behind Volunteer. Their overall record pulled to five and seven.
   Volunteer pitcher Tia Trammell kept Volunteer in the game defensively, but without the offensive aggression needed to win, the Lady Falcons failed to overcome the 3-0 lead Elizabethton took in the fifth.
   Lana Blevins, Tia Nave, and Abbie Jenkins each hit singles against Trammell for the Lady Cyclones' three hits, with Nave and Jenkins collecting RBIs. Elizabethton's third run came from a Lady Falcon error in the fifth inning.
   "We had great pitching and great defense," Hardin said of the winning effort. "I felt really good about the game."
   Robinson took the win for Elizabethton, while Trammell carried Volunteer's loss.
   Elizabethton's junior varsity softball team also took home a win, as they defeated Volunteer 15-0. Mary Edgar claimed the Cyclone win.