By Tim Chambers
ERWIN—Johnson County made Erwin its favorite waterhole on Thursday by ending a long drought of losing to the Blue Devils. Brianna Snyder tossed a complete game and Kelsey Duperry blasted a home run leading the Horns to a 2-1 victory.
It had been a decade (2006) since Johnson County had defeated Unicoi County in softball. And this one wouldn’t be decided until the final out.
“We went with the same lineup today that we used against University High in our win,” said elated head coach Dana Smith. “This was a huge win, something that our team needed. It’s a big confidence booster for them after losing several one run games. We kept telling them that some of those games would end up going in our favor. Today was one of those days.”
The Longhorns got on the board first in the second inning which set the tone.
Michala Cretsinger singled then later scored on a double off the bat of Courtney Brooks. They held that 1-0 advantage over three innings until Unicoi County tied the game in the fourth.
Haley Peterson belted a run scoring single to tie the contest at 1-1. But the Horns would rally in dramatic fashion behind a mammoth blast from their senior third baseman.
Kelsey Duperry launched a towering home run over the centerfield fence to put Johnson County up 2-1.
Her homer broke the windshield out of a vehicle parked behind the fence. It also broke the Blue Devils’ hearts two innings later when Snyder struck out the final batter to end the game.
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