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JCHS girls blast Sullivan North 14-0 in softball

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Like a ski boat speeding down Watauga Lake, the Lady Longhorns powered past Sullivan North 14-0 on Tuesday at Bob Kirksey Field. It was an impressive performance by the Lady Horns who held the visitors to a single hit.
Johnson County took a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to Cindi Edington’s double and a passed ball. They broke the game open with a seven-run third.
“It took us a while to get adjusted,” said Lady Longhorns’ head coach Dana Smith. “I was afraid we would come out flat. We finally got going in the third and played well after that. Our pitching and defense were outstanding today.”
It was a perfect assessment by Smith.
Brianna Snyder tossed a one-hitter while going the distance. She struck out five and allowed no walks. The Longhorns’ defense played error free softball.
“Bri was locked in and we played well behind her,” said Smith. “She mixed up her pitches and hit her spots. I thought she threw a great game.”
Snyder got more than enough run support in the third frame.
Edington continued to her hot hitting by smacking a solo home run. Abby Reece followed with a bunt single, then scored on a base hit by Hope Nelson. Snyder would help her cause by blasting a two-run double, scoring Nelson and Jayme Jennings who had walked.
Marly Eggers would cash in on a two-run double. Kelli Sluder and Kelsey Duperry would add RBI singles giving the ‘Horns an 8-0 lead.
It only got worse for North in the fifth.
Eggers delivered an RBI double. Edington had a two-run double scoring Sluder and Duperry who had singled.
Reece provided Johnson County with their third double in the inning that scored another one. Nelson brought home their final run with a solid single.

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