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JCHS Lady Longhorns beat Unaka 5-3

Courtney Brooks went the distance on the mound for JC
Courtney Brooks went the distance on the mound for JC

By Tim Chambers

Johnson County put goose eggs up on the scoreboard for five innings but suddenly found the golden one in the sixth. The Lady Longhorns scored four times in the frame that helped propel them to a come-from-behind 5-3 win over Unaka on Monday at Ronnie Hicks Field.
Johnson County trailed 2-0 and had only one hit in the game through five innings. But things would change in a hurry.
Kelsey Duperry singled followed by a bunt single from Eden Fenner. Brianna Snyder tied the game with a towering triple that brought home Duperry and Fenner.
Michala Cretsinger’s hitting and hustle would add to Unaka’s woes. She stroked a single that scored Snyder then later took home on a passed ball to put Johnso County up 4-2.
“That was a huge inning for us,” said assistant coach Lisa Mullins. “This was a good win because Unaka has a rich tradition and a good softball program. This was our third win in a row so hopefully things are clicking. The girls are playing hard and believing that they can win.”
The Horns would tack on an insurance run in the seventh that gave them a three-run cushion.

Eden Fenner tries to turn a double play after getting the out at 2nd.
Eden Fenner tries to turn a double play after getting the out at 2nd.

Brittany Brooks doubled then moved to third n Duperry’s single. Eden Fenner drove in courtesy runner Maddie South with her second hit of the game to make it 5-2.
Unaka scored a run in the seventh and brought the winning run to the plate with two outs. But Courtney Brooks got the final batter on a lazy fly ball to first base to end the game.
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