By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County wore the big pants on Friday as the middle school softball team came decked out in their hitting britches. The junior Lady Longhorns banged out 14 hits that led to their 19-1 victory over Happy Valley on Bob Kirksey Field.
Johnson County sent 13 batters to the plate in the
first inning that produced
nine runs. They did one
better in the second inning by adding ten more to the
“We finally got to play after having three games postponed,” said JCMS’ head coach Greg Reece. “It’s frustrating to have only played two games in the middle of March. We got the lead
early and pressed them hard. Our defense played well plus we got good pitching from Autumn Lewis and Hannah Fritts. I liked the fact that our kids were very aggressive running the bases. Happy Valley has a young team,
and Coach Brandon Mottern does a great job with them. They’ll be much better the next time around on their field.
Our kids just came ready to play.”
Especially Jayla Gregg who belted a triple and single in the first inning. Fritts duplicated that same feat in the second frame.
Autumn Lewis set the tone on the mound by striking all six batters over the first two innings. She also went 1-2 at the plate with an RBI.
Gregg and Autumn Shepherd topped the Longhorns with three hits and three RBI’s each. Haley Cox added a pair of hits and two RBI’s. Faith Walsh was 1-1 with two RBI’s while Fritts was 1-1 with three RBI’s. Hailey Rider, Sydni Potter, and Sarah Rider had one apiece and an RBI. Morgan Murwin drove in a run to help the cause.
The Lady Warriors failed to collect a base hit in the game as Lewis and Fritts combined to toss the no-hitter.
Johnson County 15
Happy Valley 7
Kristen Day came on in relief to pitch two strong innings that allowed the Lady Longhorns to hold off Happy Valley in the seventh-grade game.
Day allowed no hits or runs while striking out five batters.
Kendyl Kleine, Autumn Shepherd, Amy Gunter and Ashley Anderson scored two runs each and went 1-1 to lead the Longhorns.
Johnson County scored ten times in the first inning to set the tone.