By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
[email protected] CITY—One mammoth blast ruined Johnson County’s bid to knock off Sullivan East on Thursday. Amber Turner crushed a 3-2 two-out pitch over the center field fence that resulted in a grand slam homerun and a 9-5 win for the Lady Patriots.
The Pats had loaded the bases off freshman pitcher Hannah Brooks with consecutive singles by Chelsey Sams, Kelsey Sams and Kylee Wolfe in the third inning. She struck out the next two batters and nearly got the third but couldn’t get Turner on a fastball.
“She had pitched an excellent game up to that point,” said JCHS’s head coach Angela Blevins. She came back with a fastball down the middle that she might have gotten away with in middle school but not against a team like East. We made a lot of good plays in the field and we hit the ball better. It’s always seems to boil down to one or two plays in the game. We just couldn’t seem to overcome getting down four runs with one swing of the bat.”
Her analogy was spot on because East scored five times in the inning and ended up needing all of them to win. Turner was a thorn in their side driving in five runs including a sac fly in the second inning.
The Longhorns had taken a 3-2 lead in the third with the help of Eden Fenner’s two-run double.
They whittled it down at 7-5 in the fourth with the help of three consecutive doubles from Bella Miller, Maddie South and Lindsey Wills, but East stopped the rally from there.
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