Things had been going “South” for Johnson County’s softball team but “North” helped steer it back in the right direction. The Lady Longhorns blasted them 13-3 on Tuesday afternoon in a Three Rivers Conference six-inning affair.
They started things off with a five-run first inning and didn’t look back. Head Coach Dana Smith was proud of her team’s performance.
“We finally got some big hits when we needed them,” said Smith. “We made the plays in the field and didn’t give them runs. Bella (Miller) stepped up and play well and Eden (Fenner) hit the ball too. It was good to get a win. I’m expecting us to play well and break out of this thing.”
The “thing” has been a mixture so far. The Longhorns have failed to get the timely hits like in their 2-1 loss at Sullivan East. But Monday was a different animal.
Kelsey Duperry reached on an error in Johnson County’s first at-bat, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Michala Cretsinger. That fueled the fire for the five-run uprising.
Brianna Snyder cracked a double followed by singles from Jayme Jennings, Courtney Wilson and another two-bagger from Fenner.
North scored a solo run in the second to cut the deficit at 5-1, but the Horns tacked on another three in the second inning.
Snyder ripped a single, and then two consecutive errors loaded the bases. Miller brought home two with a solid single, followed by RBI base hits from Fenner and Courtney Wilson.
Johnson County led 8-1.
The freshman Miller continued her hot hitting by lofting a solo home run over the left field fence in the third. They ended the contest in the sixth by way of the 10-run rule.
Wilson and Courtney Brooks begin the surge with singles. Cretsinger’s base hit scored Brooks after a wild pitch had allowed Wilson to cross. Snyder’s sacrifice fly scored another, then an error on the play allowed the final run to cross.
Three Lady Longhorns contributed three-hit performance.
Miller led the way going 3-for-4 with a homer, double and three RBIs. Fenner was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Cretsinger was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
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