The two teams combined for 16 runs and 22 hits in Gate City’s 10-6 win in the interstate contest.
“Both teams were just sort of hitting it where everybody wasn’t,” said Gate City coach Cara Noe.
PENDLETON STARTS STRONG
Elizabethton did most of its offensive damage in the fifth and sixth innings when Gate City starter Kate Pendleton was not on the mound.
The Lady Cyclones (2-3) had eight of their 10 hits in the two innings that produced five of their six runs.
Gate City’s Pendleton pitched the first four innings, giving up one run on one hit with three strikeouts and three walks.
She returned in the top of the seventh inning to close the door on Elizabethton.
Pendleton surrendered one more hit and one more walk in the seventh but did not allow Elizabethton to score any more runs in the inning.
“Kate is just a big player for us,” said Noe. “On the field, off the field, she’s our captain. She’s a vocal leader, she’s a lead-by-example player. She works hard. We depend on her greatly. Whether she’s in the circle of not, we depend on her greatly.”
THOMPSON’S SLAMMER SETS EARLY TONE
After a scoreless first inning, Gate City’s Sarah Thompson set the offensive tone for the game with a grand slam in the second inning that helped the Lady Blue Devils (2-0) to an early 5-0 advantage.
“Sarah is another one that if you tell her how to do something once, she’s going to do her best to do it right. And with the type of athlete she is, she’s going to do it,” Noe said.
“I knew that was coming,” Noe said of the big homer for Thompson. “If you put her in that kind of position it’s going to happen. She’s a playmaker.”
Elizabethton coach Ken Hardin said the grand slam was obviously one of the biggest of Gate City’s 12 hits in the game.
“They should have never hit that grand slam, but it happened and you’ve got to play through it,” said Hardin. “I felt like we should have been out of it with nothing on the board, and I would have like to seen what would have happened if that happened.”
STRONG IN THE MIDDLE
Each team scored a run in the third inning before Elizabethton’s bats came to life in the fifth and the sixth.
“Our girls didn’t quit. We came back and put six on the board after that (grand slam). So I’m pretty proud of them,” said Hardin.
Both teams had solid hitting numbers in the offensive contest.
Gate City’s Abby Davidson and Kinslee Hammons each went 3-for-4. Davidson finished with three RBIs, while Hammons had an RBI.
Avery Johnson went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Thompson finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Morgan Baker was 2-for-4.
Elizabethton’s Kira Dillard finished 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs, while Kalista Deprimo was 2-for-3 and Maddie O’Quinn finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Maggie Johnson added a hit and an RBI for Elizabethton.