Jonesborough turns back light-hitting Elizabethton

from staff reports


   JONESBOROUGH -- Good defense and bend-but-don't break pitching were on Elizabethton's side Tuesday night, but the 'Betsy bats just didn't have enough spark to get the job done in an all-star contest against Jonesborough.
   Elizabethton mustered just three hits in a 4-1 loss in District 5, 13-14 year-old play.
   Hard-luck loser Ryann Musick (4 IP, 2 Ks, 6 hits) and Mary Edgar (3 IP, 6 Ks, 5 hits) scattered 11 hits over seven innings of work, and did well at keeping Jonesborough runners stranded on base.
   This was a very tight-fisted game until the fifth, when Jonesborough pushed across three runs on the strength of four hits to seize a 4-0 advantage.
   'Betsy averted a shutout in the seventh as Kendall Blackston led off with a double, moved over to third, then scored on a wild pitch.
   Blackston accounted for two of Elizabethton's hit, while Tia Nave had a hit of her own.
   Elizabethton will be back in Jonesborough tonight, taking on Greeneville in a losers bracket game at 8:30 p.m.