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Prep roundup: Elizabethton stays alive in state play with extra-inning win

From staff reports • May 24, 2018 at 1:24 AM

MURFREESBORO — It wasn’t a home run, but it was basically a game-winner.

And Elizabethton is still in the hunt for a Class AA state baseball championship.

Evan Carter crushed a line drive to center field with a runner on second in the top of the 10th inning. The slicing ball got past the center fielder and all the way to wall with Carter eventually scoring on the play. The Cyclones added another run and left Smyrna’s field with an 8-5 victory over Stewart County in the losers’ bracket final Wednesday.

Elizabethton improved to 28-9 and moved into the Upper Bracket championship round against Decatur County Riverside. The Cyclones need to beat Riverside (26-9) twice to advance to Friday’s state championship contest. Game one against Riverside is set for today at 3 p.m.

Corey Russell got the Rebels in order in the bottom of the 10th. He pitched 5 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three hits and one run with two walks and three strikeouts in his first extensive action of the postseason.

ELIZABETHTON 12, GRUNDY COUNTY 0

MURFREESBORO — Elizabethton didn’t get its no-hitter, but the Cyclones got what they really wanted.

Responding to the tough walk-off loss to Stewart County 12 hours earlier, the Cyclones blasted Grundy County  in the losers’ bracket semifinal of the TSSAA Class AA state baseball tournament at Smyrna’s field on Wednesday.

Tre Shoun worked the first three innings and was followed for 1 2/3 innings by Karson Dillard. 

Evan Perkins had a big hand in the offensive assault. He went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Nick Johnson also had three RBIs. Matthew Dailey had three walks and scored twice.

The Cyclones struck for two runs in the first inning, four in the third, and five in the fourth. 

TRINITY CHRISTIAN 6, UNIVERSITY HIGH 4

MURFREESBORO —  In the losers’ bracket semifinal of the TSSAA Class A state baseball tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian on Wednesday, UH lost 6-4 to Trinity Christian.

It was a season-ending loss for the Buccaneers, who finished 23-13.

Trailing 4-0 entering the sixth inning, the UH offense came to life. Michael Degennaro walked and Jack Bembry followed with a single. With one out, Kaleb Meredith singled to load the bases.

Hunter Seehorn then slashed a ground-ball single that plated two runs. Cas Blevins followed with an RBI single, and UH was knocking at the door with a 4-3 deficit.

After Trinity re-established a multi-run lead on the strength of Mitch Sisk’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh, UH loaded the bases again with one out — on an error, a Bembry single and a walk to Brantley Hare.

Meredith followed with a sacrifice fly to score a run, but Bembry was caught in a rundown for the final out.

Blevins and Bembry each had two hits. Seehorn had two RBIs.

Lane Forsythe, Garrett Bond and Zachary Tims each had two hits to pace Trinity. 

TRACK

UNIVERSITY HIGH RELAY TEAM WINS STATE GOLD

MURFREESBORO — The University High girls came into Wednesday's TSSAA Small School state track and field championships as the No. 3 seed in the 4x800 meter relay.

The team of Ashley Daniel, Anna Bader, Ali Burns and Bekah Owen left the meet as state champions.

They ran 10 minutes, 25 seconds, beating their previous best by 22 seconds.

Owen also finished fourth in the 800 and Burns was fourth in the 3,200. Porter Bradley and Nick Daniel, the younger sibling of Ashley, both made All-State in the boys' 3,200.

University High's Aidan Costello and Happy Valley's Natalie Newsome each posted runner-up finishes in the pole vault competition.

University High's Heather Robertson also earned All-State with a fifth-place finish in the pole vault.

The Bucs had others earn All-State honors including Pablo Rivas in the boys 1,600, Christina Fulcher in the girls 1,600 and the boys 4x800 relay team, which also set a personal best at 8:53.

Happy Valley had a couple of other All-State performances in the field events. Austin Roark cleared 5-feet-10 to finish seventh in the high jump and Kai Norman went 41-11.50 to finish seventh in the triple jump. 

SOFTBALL

SALE CREEK 3, UNAKA 0

MURFREESBORO — Sale Creek scored three runs in the first two innings and then held on for a 3-0 win against Unaka in the winners’ bracket of the TSSAA Class A softball tournament at the Murfreesboro Starplex.

Considered the pre-tournament favorites, the Lady Panthers (36-5) took advantage of two walks with a two-run double by Macie Stanfield in the first inning. The other score came off an error in the second inning.

The Lady Rangers (29-13) will play Whitwell (22-16-1) in an elimination game today at 11 a.m.

Taylor Shanks went 2-for-3 to lead the Unaka offense. Lilly Kiser and Savannah Tipton came up with the other hits. 

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