By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
GREENEVILLE—Not many teams can use winning a junior varsity tournament as a motivation factor unless you’re Johnson County. That’s because the Lady Longhorns have only one senior on their varsity roster. The girls played some of their best softball on Wednesday that allowed them to bring home the junior varsity tournament championship.
The Horns followed that up with some impressive play in the Tiny Day Softball Classic over the weekend against some of the area’s better teams.
Head coach Angela Blevins was elated with how her team competed including a 3-1 loss to tournament runner-up Claiborne County and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Big 9 conference leader Daniel Boone.
“I thought out kids played great down here,” said Blevins. “We are starting to see some consistency on both sides of our play as well as our pitching. Things are really starting to come together and just at the right time. Our girls are playing with confidence now and realizing their potential that
we coaches have told them about all season long. You can see a huge difference in their play.”
Johnson County 17
South Greene 0
The Lady Longhorns were able to reach the championship game in the bronze division by creaming South Greene with a 17-run shutout victory.
Courtney Brooks fired a one-hitter and added a pair of hits in the game to aid in the win.
Natalie Winters swung the hot bat oozing 4-4 Lindsey Wills, Cassidy Lakatos and Abby Cornett had a pair of hits and three runs scored apiece. Maddi Edington pounded out three base hits and scored three runs. Emmy Miller and Hannah Brooks collected two hits apiece in the rout.
Sullivan East 5
Johnson County 3
The Lady Longhorns dropped a close contest in the title game of the bronze division to East.
Natalie Winters and Courtney Brooks had singles in the first inning and scored giving Johnson County a 2-0 advantage but they couldn’t push across another run until the sixth.
East scored four times in the fourth to earn a hard-fought victory.
Johnson County 8
The Longhorns opened up play with a strong win over the Lady Black Knights. They scored the game’s first six runs before Doak could get on the board.
Courtney Brooks, Maddi Edington, Hannah Brooks, and Emmy Miller provided two hits apiece for the Horns. Natalie Winters, Abby Cornett, and Lindsey Wills recorded one apiece.
Claiborne County 3
Johnson County 1
The Horns took the tournament runner-up squad down to the wire before falling in a close one.
Courtney Brooks pitched well allowing only five hits.
Johnson County used base hits by Lindsey Wills, Hannah Brooks, and Natalie Winters to get on the board early but they wouldn’t score another time in the game.
Emmy Miller, Wills, Hannah Brooks and Winters had the only hits in the game for the Longhorns.
Daniel Boone 1
Johnson Co. 0
The Longhorn faithful weren’t happy with a couple of calls that didn’t go their way and allowed Boone to score their narrow victory.
Natalie Winters, Hannah Brooks, and Lindsey Wills had the only base hits in the game for Johnson County.
Hannah Brooks tossed a gem holding the Lady Trailblazers to only five hits and one run.
The Longhorns loaded the bases with one out in the first but couldn’t score that proved to be the difference.
Cocke County 5
Johnson County 3
The girls from Newport scored four times in the fourth inning to overtake Johnson County and get a hard-earned victory.
Natalie Winters, Maddi Edington, and Emmy Miller had one hit each for the Lady Longhorns.
Winters singled and later scored the game’s first run in the first inning. Cassidy Lakatos reached on an error and scored along with Edington in the second who had singled.
Cocke County had ten hits in the game.