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Lady Longhorns delivered brutal loss by Unicoi

The Johnson County Lady Longhorns were once again delivered a brutal loss at the hands of the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils. Despite struggling offensively against Unicoi’s pitcher, the Lady Longhorns could not say that the defeat was due to a lack of effort. In fact, with thirteen strikeouts, part of the problem could be attributed to over eagerness at bat. Unfortunately, even with continuous attempts at the plate, the Lady Longhorns could only muster up one base hit for the entire game.
Abby Reece was the only successful hitter, but was never given a chance to take second, because of a third out in the fifth inning. Every other advancement was through walks, with Ashley Arnold, Hollie Harrison, Miranda Payne, and Kelsey Watson each taking first. Watson eventually grabbed second off of Reece’s hit, but Miranda Payne was the only runner to reach third, having already taken second off of Watson.
The Lady Blue Devils lived up to their reputation, making 14 hits in all, and putting a runner on base every inning. In the first inning alone, Unicoi picked up two runners and nearly a third, which was stopped on her way home from third. Things only got worse in the second, with two Unicoi home runs that helped to put up an additional five runs.
Cindy Eddington threw out 113 pitches across the six innings, landing 67 strikes but only striking out one batter. Unable to score again until the fifth inning, thanks to Johnson County’s defense, Unicoi still managed to get in a few hits but were largely put down by some strong catches in the outfield by Eden Smith, Hollie Harrison, and Caitlin Westphal. The third inning began with a Lady Blue Devil hit to take first, but was followed by a quick out thanks to Kelsey Watson. The next batter advanced the first runner to second base on a walk, but Eden Smith made a good catch on a fly ball into center field to deliver the second out on the fourth batter up. The third out came quickly after, and Unicoi was prevented from scoring at least one inning.
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