By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
JOHNSON CITY—Heavy rain and snow “whitewashed” Saturday’s games in the Science Hill softball tournament but Johnson County managed to gather a win on Friday in the opening round played at Wing Deer Park.
The Longhorns looked impressive in their 10-3 win over Cloudland in their first game before dropping a hard-fought 3-0 contest to Dobyns-
Hannah Brooks was outstanding on the mound tossing a four-hitter while striking out seven. The Longhorns banged out 11 hits and ten runs in the five innings, 80-minute
“The girls were determined to hit the ball off Birchfield, their pitcher,” said Johnson County’s head coach Angela Blevins. “We had a lot of big hits in the game, and Emmy Miller had two of those. We did a good job of hitting, and I thought Hannah had a good location with her pitches. We had 11 hits and scored ten runs. You feel good about your chances when you’re able to do what we did tonight.”
The Longhorns failed to score in the first inning but managed to put three on the board in the second frame. Bella Miller and Maddie Edington ripped back-to-back doubles that pushed one across then Abby Cornett’s sacrifice bunt got mishandled resulting in another run.
Courtney Brooks made it 3-0 by slapping a run-scoring single before Cloudland could escape the inning. It only got worse for the ‘Landers in the following frame.
Hannah Brooks led off with a walk then moved to third on a laser-type double off the bat of Natalie Winters. Emmy Miller made it 5-0 with a solid two-run single. Cassidy Lakatos drove in Miller with a groundout that pushed their advantage at 6-0.
The Highlanders picked up an unearned run in the bottom half that cut it back to five, but it got to be a lot more after Johnson County’s next at-bat.
Cornett belted a leadoff triple then scored on Courtney Brooks’ third hit of the game. Hannah Brooks and Winters followed with back-to-back singles that loaded the bases.
Emmy Miller then broke the game open with a two-run double and later raced home to make it 9-1.
The Highlanders tried to claw their way back in getting a two-run double by Shy Strickland in the bottom half but still trailed by seven.
Hannah Brooks struck out three Highlanders in the fifth inning ending the game as the time limit expired.
Johnson County’s hit parade had several players that stood out. Freshman Emmy Miller went 2-3 with four RBI’s and two runs scored. Courtney Brooks added a 3-4 effort with two RBI’s. Natalie Winters was 2-3 with two runs scored.
Hannah Brooks went 1-2 with two runs scored. Bella Miller, Edington and Cornett with 1-3 each with an RBI and run scored.
Birchfield had a pair of hits for the Highlanders.
Johnson Co. 033 40 – 10 11 4
Cloudland 002 10 – 3 4 1
WP—H. Brooks, LP—Birchfield