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Cyclones hold off Lady Horns 3-1

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Missed opportunities cost Johnson County a chance to knock off Elizabethton on Tuesday at Bob Kirksey Field. The Lady Longhorns failed to produce clutch hits that led to their 3-1 loss to the Cyclones.
It was a Barney Fife-like performance by Johnson County. They squandered several scoring opportunities by shooting themselves in the foot against an Elizabethton team that started five freshmen. Their head coach (Kenny Hardin) was back at home tending to his ill father-in-law.
Yet the Longhorns had no answer.
“It stinks,” said head coach Dana Smith about the loss. “We had a lot of players that went hitless and you can’t leave runners on the bases like we did. I’m very disappointed in the way we played.”
It was a good assessment by Smith.
The Lady Longhorns stranded nine runners over the final four innings and failed to score. Their lone run came in the fourth inning on a towering solo homer by Jayme Jennings that pulled them within one at 2-1.
Elizabethton led 1-0 in the first inning.
Macie Herman reached on an error, stole second and scored on a double by Abbie McKinney.
They increased their lead to 2-0 in the fourth on an RBI single from Maggie Shankles that plated Maci West who had reached on a base hit.
‘Betsy used a pair of singles by Lauren Brickey and Jessica Cunningham to produce their final in the sixth. That would be more than enough for them to leave Mountain City with a huge win.
Jessica Cunningham pitched the win for ‘Betsy. Cindi Edington gave up six hits but was saddled with the loss.
The Longhorns got a good game by Abby Reece. She led off the first inning with a base hit and added another one in the seventh. She was the only Lady Longhorn with two hits.
The Longhorns had a pair of runners at second and third during the sixth but couldn’t score. They left three on in the seventh after loading the bases with two outs but again put up a goose egg.

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