By Tim Chambers
KINGSPORT—Being at Wilber Dam on a warm summer day just before they begin generating would best describe Johnson County’s performance at Sullivan North on Thursday. A mass amount of water force broke loose when the floodgates were opened.
The Lady Longhorns broke loose by flooding Sullivan North with a pair of six-run innings that led to their 13-0 conference win in Bloomingdale.
Head coach Dana Smith was pleased with her team’s two big innings at the plate and especially the pitching by Courtney Brooks and Brianna Snyder. It was their fourth win in as many games.
“We tried to mix it up some and Courtney and Bri did a great job of doing that,” said Smith. “We got a lot of production in the middle of our order especially from Jayme Jennings which was great to see. We played in spurts but it’s always good to get a win.”
It was somewhat of a siesta for Johnson County over the first four innings. Their only run came in the second.
Courtney Brooks singled in Marley Eggers who had reached on a base hit. The Longhorns led 1-0.
A six-run uprising in the fifth would give them some much needed cushion.
Snyder and Jennings had a double each in the inning and Michala Cretsinger would single in another. North aided the cause by committing three errors and hitting a batter. And it only got worse for them in the seventh.
Cretsinger’s bunt single appeared to change the whole complexion of the game. The Golden Raiders committed three errors and walked a batter after the miscue.
Courtney Wilson’s deep fly ball that got misplayed scored one. Kelsey Duperry would single and score on Eden Fenner’s one-bagger. Jennings had an RBI base hit to close out the scoring. But the big blow came prior to that at-bat.
Snyder sent a pitch well over the left centerfield wall for a two-run homer. She then retired North in order in the bottom half.
Jennings went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Snyder was 3-for-5 with two RBIs from their three and four slots in the batting order. Cretsinger was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored hitting in the five spot.
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