By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
ELIZABETHTON—Getting revenge can be sweet especially when it’s a rival opponent and league game. Johnson County spoiled Happy Valley’s senior night by blasting the Warriors 12-3 at Cannon-Gouge Park on Monday.
The Longhorns took a 4-0 lead in the first inning as head coach Angela Blevins countered Happy Valley’s game plan of walking Hannah Brooks each time up.
She was inserted as the leadoff batter which resulted in three walks a base hit and two RBI’s.
Brooks walked to lead off the game, and Courtney Brooks reached on an error. Emmy Miller and Natalie Winters each singled in runs and scored giving the Horns a 4-0 early advantage.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way this team is playing right now,” said Blevins. “It was important to start off well, and we did that in the first inning. Our kids are starting to hit the ball, and we’re playing with a lot of confidence. We had trouble dealing with adversity and mistakes just a few weeks ago, but our young kids are starting to jell. Today was a big win for us.”
The Horns added solo runs over the next three innings to go up 6-0.
Happy Valley got a pair of runs in the fifth but still trailed 6-2.
Johnson County would put the game away with a five-run outburst in the seventh.
Maddi Edington and Alexis Hendley both singled after Bella Miller had walked. The Brooks duo of Hannah and Courtney drove in runs with a base hit apiece Emmy Miller and Winters continued the
rally by swatting singles extending their lead to a nine-run cushion.
The Horns’ defense ended the game on a 1-2-3 double play, Courtney Brooks, to Emmy Miller to Natalie Winters.
“It’s definitely good to see as a coach,” said Blevins about her defense and the outstanding pitching by Brooks. “The kids believe in one another, and that’s a good thing to see.”
Edington led the Horns at the plate going 3-3 with three runs scored. Winters went 3-5 with two RBI’s and a run scored. Courtney Brooks and Emmy Miller each had a pair of base hits. Hendley was 1-1 with a run scored.
Brooks went the distance on the mound allowing only six hits with five strikeouts.
Olivia Absher had a pair of hits to lead the Warriors.
JCHS 410 110 5 – 12 12 2
Happy V. 000 030 0 – 3 6 2
Johnson County 14
University High 12
Natalie Winters singled in two runs in the eighth inning allowing Johnson County to knock off the Junior Bucs 14-2. Emmy Miller blasted a home run while Hannah Brooks double in two runs off the centerfield fence.
A complete game story can be found in next Wednesday’s edition of the Tomahawk.