By Tim Chambers
BRISTOL—It was only fitting that Johnson County’s “Power Outage” played lights out for seven games on Saturday at White Top Park in Bristol.
The team won five of those on the day and finished second in the Playing for the Pride USSSA softball 12-and-under tournament.
Their head coach, Erin Miller, was happy with her team’s play. It was quite an accomplishment for a team who lost their first game of the tournament early that morning.
“We started playing at 8:30 that morning and didn’t finish until 9:30 that night,” said Miller. “We played seven games in the blazing heat over a 13-hour period and the last four games we played were back-to-back with only a 5-10 minute water break. We had about an hour of rest between games three and four. There were seven other teams in the tournament and we beat six of them. I’m extremely proud of them all.”
The team is made of junior high players from Johnson County and a few sixth graders. Miller, an assistant for the middle school team, knows their value.
“This is a tough group of kids,” said Miller. “They will continue playing middle school and high school softball together. We also had three sixth graders too. I absolutely love to coach these girls because there is no quit in them. They give 110 percent anytime they step on the field. It’s only the second tournament that we’ve played in this season.”
Pitchers Autumn Lewis, Deanna Younce and Hannah Fritts pitched outstanding all day long. Catchers Jayla Gregg and Cassidy Lakatos stepped up to fill in admirably for starting catcher, Emmy Miller.
“None of the girls complained all day long,” added Miller. “They kept volunteering to catch and we all know what an important position that is.”
The team simply knocked the cover off the softball during the five games that they won. Younce had an inside-the-park home run. Lewis had several key hits and many of those were doubles and triples.
“All the girls were swinging level and hitting line drives,” added Miller. “That’s something that we’ve been working on. Our team has a lot of speed, especially Maddi Edington, Lakatos, Fritts, Audrey Savery and Jayla Gregg. That was a high plus for us too.”
Macey Luckett stepped up at second base and had several put outs defensively. Sydni Potter gave a golden glove like performance at first base. Jenna Horner played well, they all did. I want to thank all the parents and grandparents who helped support our team. We will be playing from now until the end of October. The girls are going to get to play a lot of softball.”