By Tim Chambers
Being able to prevail under adverse conditions spoke volumes about the Junior High Lady Longhorns over the weekend. They overcame freezing temperatures and a few other elements to win Grandview’s “Spring Fling” softball tournament played in Telford.
A tip of the hat goes to head coach Greg Reece, his assistant coaches and players. They won four games including their final three after dropping a game to Debusk in the finals of pool play. We’ll recap all five games in my column.
Johnson County 15
University School 0
Deanna Younce tossed a one-hitter over two innings of play and struck out six batters in a game called due to the time limit.
Cassidy Laktos drove in four runs with a pair of hits. Emma Miller provided two hits and three RBIs. Maddie Edington and Tori Roark was 2-for-2 each. Younce and Diamond Dibble went 2-for-3 apiece.
Hazlee Kleine went 1-2 with a run scored.
Johnson County 18
Hannah Brooks struck out nine batters over the final four innings after Sullivan scored five times in their first at bat.
Johnson County stole the show by putting 12 runs on the scoreboard in the fourth inning and batting around twice.
Tiffany Price led the way going 3-for-3 with six RBIs. She also provided a home run in the game. Natalie Winters was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Adrian Hall had a pair of hits and four RBIs. Emma Miller and Maddie Edington were 2-2 each. Deanna Younce was 1-for-1 with an RBI and run scored.
The Longhorns had 16 hits in the game and took advantage of 10 walks.
Emily Garr pitched well for the Longhorns allowing only two earned runs while going the distance. Johnson County’s inability to hit during the first five innings would be the deciding factor.
They did score six runs to tie the game in their final at bat but Dubusk would score a run in the bottom part to finish first in pool play.
Adrian Hall led the offense going 3-for-3. Hannah Brooks and Abby Cornett added two hits each. Natalie Winters and Serena Leonard were 1-for-2 each.
Johnson County 12
The Longhorns found themselves down 9-3 in the first inning but it didn’t stop them from mounting a comeback for the ages.
Hannah Brooks took over on the mound and pitched the final four innings after Unaka’s nine-run outburst. She struck out eight and walked only one.
She also did major damage at the plate by going 4-for-4 with five RBIs. Natalie Winters and Alexis Headley added two hits apiece.
The win would allow them to move into semifinal play to face undefeated and home standing Grandview.
Johnson County 9
Grandview entered the game undefeated but it was the Longhorns who looked like the elite.
Part of that was due to Hannah Brooks’ performance on the mound. She allowed only three hits and struck out a whopping 17 batters.
Serena Leonard led the hitting, going 3-3 with three RBIs. Tiffany Price drove in three runs with a pair of hits. Adrain Hall and Abby Cornett provided two hits and two runs scored. Maddie Edington added a double to the cause.
For the rest of the games pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.