Lady 'Clones prevail over determined Falcons, 3-1

By Kim Richardson
STAR Staff

   CHURCH HILL--Pitching and defense were the weapons of choice when the Lacy Cyclones of Elizabethton traveled to Volunteer High School on Tuesday.
   The Falcons fought the good fight, but ultimately it was the outstanding defense of the Cyclones and complete-game pitching of Jessica Robinson that won the day: Lady Cyclones 3, Lady Falcons 1.
   Volunteer managed to score its only run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but threatened the Cyclones time and again, only to have the brilliant defense of Elizabethton thwart every attempt.
   "They are a very good ball club," said Falcons second baseman Tashia McPeek. "We played well, and throughout the game we felt that we had enough offense to win, but number four (Robinson) kept us off stride, and they really made a couple of outstanding defensive plays up the infield middle to hold us off." 
   The Falcons made plenty of plays themselves, but simply couldn't string together enough offense to get the job done.
   "We gave them their chances," stated Lady Cyclones head coach Kenny Hardin. "But our defense just kept stepping up and making plays."
   "Mary (freshman second baseman Mary Edgar) and Lana (Blevins) made two amazing plays; simple as that. Edgar's play prevented two runs from scoring; and of course we won by two, so that's the importance of playing good defense."
   Edgar was matter-of-fact about her defensive stop and deferred to Robinson's pitching and the "awesome play and hitting of Lana."
   "She kept us in it throughout, even when they threatened in the sixth. And Lana's big triple was a key also," stated Edgar. 
   The big triple came in the top of the second inning after Katie Hubbard drew a walk to get things started. Brittney Smith was then hit by a pitch to put two on the bases for the always dangerous Blevins.
   Blevins' big hit plated both Hubbard and Jenkins and left her at third. Abbie Jenkins reached on an error, allowing Blevins to race home with the third and final Cyclone score.
   Three were more than enough, as the Cyclones have been a team on fire of late, especially defensively. They've won going away when their bats have been hot, and they've managed to win the close ones with their defense and pitching. 
   "We really had some big opportunities," said Falcons pitcher Tierra Trammell,"but the credit should go to them. They're very good, with outstanding defense; and today they obviously had enough hitting to get the best of us."
   Trammell pitched very well, but the one hit batter and walk in the second were too much to overcome after the dangerous bat of Blevins struck.
   "I had good control overall, but I can't give them free bases," said Trammell. 
   The Cyclones play at Sullivan South today, and look well prepared for their home tournament game against either Sullivan North or the Cougars of Sullivan Central later this week.