Elizabethton holds off Jonesborough

By Tim Chambers

   Jonesborough is known for its story-telling festival, but it was the Elizabethton all-stars that had the final say-so in Thursday night's contest at Lions Field.
   Rallying for one run in the top of the sixth, Elizabethton held off Jonesboro 6-5 to cap off a storybook ending.
   Elizabethton took a 1-0 lead in the second thanks to a triple by Kadey Robinson and a single by Brittany Henson. Elizabethton added a solo run in the third when Amanda Shultz ripped a single and later scored on a base hit by Ricki Pritchard.
   The National stars appeared headed for an easy win, scoring two more in the fourth to take a 4-0 advantages. Henson slapped a single and would steal her way around while Ashley Cantrell walked and scored the same way.
   Jonesborough did its Rip Van Winkle imitation and awoke after sleeping for nearly four innings. Singles from Katherine Hunt, Brittany Hughes Heathon Tester, and an error allowed Jonesborough to tie the score at 4-4.
   Elizabethton pushed across another run in the fifth when Shultz drew a walk and later scored on a double by Kristen Honneycutt. Jonesborough used singles from Hunt, Brittany Street and Tester to tie the score at five.
   With the game tighter than a 300-pound gorilla trying to slip into a pair of 36-waist pant, Elizabethton pushed across a solo run in the sixth to take the lead.
   A walk to Danielle Matherly was enough to get across the winning run for 'Betsy, with Matherly doing the scoring honors. Shultz went the distance to earn the win while collecting two hits to help her cause.
   Pritchard had a awesome night behind the plate, preventing the winning run from scoring in the last inning.
   Elizabethton will take on Erwin tonight at Lions Field in an elimination matchup.
   Note: Megan Guinn tossed a three-hitter in Wednesday night's win verses Blountville. Guinn struck out eight batters in earning the win.
   Lauren Flood went 3 for 3 with a double to lead Blountville, the only player to collect hits. Kadey Robinson was a perfect 4 for 4 with a double to lead Elizabethton.
   Rikki Pritchard had three hits, including a home run, to help the cause while Ashley Cantrell and Amanda Shultz added 3-for-4 performances.