By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
KINGSPORTJohnson County stayed in the hunt for second place in the Three Rivers Conference by knocking off Sullivan North 8-2 on Thursday. The Longhorns (4-3) in league play trail Elizabethton and Happy Valley by two games.
JCHS scored twice in the first inning.
Hope Nelson and Demi Blevins had RBI singles. Brianna Snyder also had a big hit in the inning.
North battled back to tie the game in the bottom half but Johnson County answered with a vengeance. The erupted for five runs in the second to take a commanding 7-2 advantage.
I was happy with the way we hit the ball in those first two innings, said JCHS head coach Dana Smith. But we also went four innings without scoring any runs
That bothered me some but I was pleased with our pitching and with our defense. We made a lot of good plays in the game.
Michala Cretsinger got things going in the second inning with a leadoff single. Cindi Edington ripped a two-run double, scoring Cretsinger and Kelsey Duperry who had reached on an error. Abby Reece capped off the frame with a one-bagger that produced the fifth run. Johnson County led 7-2 at that point.
North never got a smell after their two-run first.
Edington pitched brilliantly over the final six innings to pick up the win. She allowed only two hits while going the distance.
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