By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
A steady rain over the first couple of innings couldn’t dampen the outcome of JCMS’ softball home opener on Friday. Mary Hughes jumped on top early only to watch the Lady Longhorns “storm” back and win 16-6 on Bob Kirksey Field.
Mary Hughes took advantage of three walks, a hit batter, three base hits and one error that allowed them to take a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Lady Longhorns’ skipper Greg Reece elected to bring in Deanna Younce to put out the fire and she extinguished it without any further damage. She allowed only one run from that point while her teammates supplied her with 10 runs over the first three frames.
“We could easily have called this game off with the forecast, and there was significant rain for the first two innings,” said Reece. “I got concerned when it started raining during the National Anthem. We had issues with the new ball and the wet field and that plus the error and walks got us down by five early. We didn’t play well at all to open the game.”
Like Stella, the young Horns found their groove from that point. Base hits by Faith Walsh, Younce, Jayla Gregg and Paige Knight helped produce three runs in the first inning’s bottom half.
They added three more in the second stanza and took the lead for good at 6-5.
Jenna Horner got things started with a base hit and later scored. Emmy Miller and Walsh added RBI base hits and crossed home. Younce had a solid single that drove in the go-ahead run.
JCMS doubled their advantage at 10-5 by scoring a quartet of runs in the fourth.
The big blow was Miller’s three-bagger that produced another run. Maddie Edington added an RBI double. Horner, Knight and Younce drove in the other three runs with a trio of singles.
“We have some depth this year, and that showed,” added Reece. “Deanna came in and pitched great for us again, and Cassidy Lakatos had a good night too. Offensively everyone in the batting order had a base hit and some had two. But some things were disappointing, not showing discipline at the plate, not make the best decisions on the bases, not executing some of the simple things. That comes back on us, the coaches.”
Lakatos had a double and scored in the fourth and added a run scoring single in the fifth. Sydni Potter provided a run scoring single in the final inning that helped run-rule the visiting Lady Lions.
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