By Tim Chambers
One bad apple might not spoil the whole bunch, but a bad inning did ruin Johnson County’s upset bid at Elizabethton on Thursday. The Cyclones overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring three times in the fifth inning, then hung on for a 3-1 victory at EHS.
The Cyclones used a pair of singles by Jessica Cunningham and Lauren Brickey coupled with two walks, one error and a pass ball to overtake the Cyclones.
All the above didn’t set very well with Johnson County’s head Coach Dana Smith.
“You can’t give a team runs like we did in a game where they are really hard to come by,” said Smith. “We didn’t take care of business and that’s the bottom line. We left too many runners on plus the mistakes we made late cost us. This was one we could have won.”
Smith was correct with her assessment.
Johnson County had broken the scoreless battle by scoring in the fourth.
Marley Eggers’ roped a triple to right center, scoring Brianna Snyder who had singled. ‘Betsy answered with three in the following inning.
“We played well up to that point, but we lost our focus,” added Smith. “They made the plays when they needed to and that was the difference. I expected it would probably be a low scoring game. Bri threw outstanding for us, but we couldn’t get the timely hits when we needed them. It’s frustrating especially in a game like this.”
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