Cyclones tripped by Devils

By Tim Chambers

   Imagine taking a 100-mile trip down Interstate 40 in the back of a limousine and 65 miles later the tire goes flat. Much was the case with the Elizabethton Cyclones Thursday night in their game with Unicoi.
   After a smooth ride through four innings, Elizabethton got roughed up for five runs -- four unearned in the fifth -- to break open a tight contest, giving the Blue Devils a 10-0 Watauga Conference victory over the Cyclones at Joe O'Brien Field.
   Mitchell Blevins silenced the Unicoi bats through four innings, allowing no runs, but a five-run fifth proved to be the fatal blow for the Cyclones.
   'Betsy threatened in the third after Nathan Bishop singled, but a great defensive play by Mark White off a single by Nate Treadway cut the Cyclone runner down at third to end the threat.
   Unicoi used a single by Walawander to start the fifth inning. An error and infield single by Drew Anders led to the first Blue Devil run. Tim Peterson lined a single for two RBIs and a 3-0 lead.
   A bunt single by John Broyles followed by an RBI double off the bat of Cody Scott added to the damage.
   Unicoi added a solo run in the sixth when Walawander socked a double and scored on a groundout to up the advantage at 6-0.
   Cody Eggers relieved Blevins in the seventh and was touch for four runs all unearned. Meanwhile, Broyles kept the Cyclone hitters at bay throughout the night with an overpowering fastball and nasty slider.
   Broyles went the distance picking up the win giving up four hits while striking out eight for the contest.
   Travis Bowers, Bishop, Treadway and Trevor Hyder had the only hits for the Cyclones. Hyder's blast went for a double.
   The Cyclones fall to (1-5) in the conference (8-8) overall. They travel to Daniel Boone Saturday to take on the Trailblazers. Game time is 2 p.m.