Lions Club hunkers down for two-game sweep of Med-Care

By Travis Brown
STAR Staff
tbrown@starhq.com

   Elizabethton Jr. girls softball offered up a double dip of action Tuesday night as the Elizabethton Lions Club squared off against Medical Care for a pair of good ball games.
   The main attraction for both contests was undoubtedly pitching as Ryan Musick and Mary Edgar put on a clinic, with the two young ladies combining for almost 16 scoreless innings.
   Both the victories however went to Musick as she was the beneficiary of some solid hitting by the Lions Club, which registered wins of 2-0 and 10-2.
   In the first game of the twin bill, the Lions Club got on the board early in the first inning. Tia Nave started things off with a single and came around to score on a bloop to left by Victoria Hopson.
   The second inning saw more of the same as a lead-off single by Danielle Hurt led to another tally late in the inning.
   Despite falling behind in the contest, Edgar stayed strong on the mound by shutting down the Lions offense for the rest of the game, surrenduring only a walk in the final three innings.
   Medical Care saw its only chance to pull even, fall by the wayside in the fourth innning. A leadoff single combined with a throwing error put Jessi Back on second base, but agressive baserunning proved costly as she was thrown out at third later in the inning.
   Brianne Gouge would also get into scoring position later in the inning, but was left stranded on a pop fly to center field.
   Med. Care left five runners in scoring position all told, leaving a runner in striking distance in four of the five innings.
   Med. Care was paying attention however, as that same early strike approach gave them the advantage in the nightcap affair as it went up 2-0 in the first inning of game two, but it would not be enough as E.L.C. would rally and take home the win by a 10-2 score.
   Control problems cost E.L.C. a pair of runs early in the first due to walks. After the first inning, however, both teams settled down for a pitching performance that would last until an outbreak in the fourth.
   Neither club could get the bats cracking, as Edgar and Musick settled in and shut down the shop. Music entered in relief of starting pitcher Sallee Taylor, and struck out nine hitters in 4 and 2/3 innings to put the squeeze on Med. Care.
   Leading 2-nil, Med. Care only needed to hold the fort, but things fell apart in the fourth inning as the levy broke, ushering in a 10-run fiasco that saw a merciless flood of hits.
   The E.L.C. bats, which had been silent, erupted with Megan Heaton's shot off the center-field fence. Jessica Robinson, Nave and Musick would all rack up doubles in the inning on their way to nine earned runs in the frame. When the dust had settled, Heaton had a pair of doubles to her credit.
   From that point on the mountian was just too high to climb as the 8-run deficit would stand. Despite a solid effort by Med Care, it could only garner one base runner in the fifth inning.
   The offensive showcase that Lyons displayed was the cherry on top, as the E.L.C. took home both victories during a fine night of softball action.