By Tim Chambers
KINGSPORT—It was like watching the most famous duel in American history between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in 1804. Happy Valley’s Kalee Johnson and Johnson County’s Brianna Snyder battled their butts off for seven innings with the Lady Warriors prevailing 2-0 in the District 1-AA softball tournament at Sullivan South High School.
The loss ended Johnson County’s season at 14-19.
Coach Dana Smith was happy with her team’s play but didn’t like the width of the plate.
“You couldn’t throw any better than Brianna did tonight,” said Smith. “But I didn’t think there was any consistency with balls and strikes all night for both pitchers. KJ did a great a job of keeping the ball on the black part of the plate and some appeared to be more inside than others. She kept the ball down and in all night. She kept getting ahead. We got frustrated and had trouble adjusting. We’ve faced some other pitchers who have thrown as hard or harder and hit them but not tonight. We had the same problem with her the last time out.”
The Longhorns could muster only four hits off Johnson.
Brittney Brooks, Kelsey Duperry, Courtney Wilson and Snyder had singles but all were scattered. Johnson issued only one walk.
Snyder, like Johnson, retired nine out of the first 10 batters she faced.
The Warriors got on the board in the fourth inning.
Johnson walked and moved to third on a single by Kenzie Davis. Olivia Kelly’s base hit put them up 1-0 but it could have been worse had it not been for Snyder.
She fanned the next hitter and got the final batter to ground out, but they couldn’t answer at the plate.
Kelly’s triple in the second run scoring Davis who had singled.
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