By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
ELIZABETHTON—Scoring runs proved to be harder than trying to find a needle in a haystack for Johnson County and Elizabethton on Tuesday. The Lady Cyclones squeezed out a solo run in the first inning that proved to be the difference in their 1-0 conference win versus the Longhorns.
Maci West delivered a sacrifice fly scoring Abbi McKinney who had doubled for the game’s only run. They spoiled the spectacular pitching by Johnson County’s Courtney Brooks who scattered six hits and never allowed a base runner past second over the final five innings.
“We played excellent the entire game,” said head coach Angela Blevins about her Lady Longhorns. “They got the extra base hit and the sac fly when they needed it, and we couldn’t get that one little thing to go our way. I thought we played about as well as we could defensively and we hit the ball hard at times, but we couldn’t get that key hit to help us turn the tide. That seems to be the case all season long.”
Marley Eggers had the only two hits in the game for the Lady Longhorns but was forced out at second base both times. The Longhorns hit a couple of balls deep, one by Michala Cretsinger in the third and another from Eden Fenner in the sixth, but both were caught at the fence.
The Cyclones rode the outstanding pitching performance of Kellie Cunningham who went the distance to earn the win. The hard throwing righty struck out five and never walked a batter.
Brooks was aided by her defense who recorded 20 of the 21outs in the field. She also started three freshmen in the game.
“It just seems like every little break went their way,” added Blevins. “When we hit it hard we hit it right at them, but I can’t fault these kids for their effort. They came out here today and hung with one of the best teams in this area. I’m proud of them for that.”
Johnson Co. 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Elizabethton 100 000 0 — 1 6 0
C. Brooks and Winters. Cunningham and Fair.