Tomahawk sports JOHNSON CITY—The Lady Longhorns used the long ball to earn a huge conference win over Happy Valley on Tuesday. Natalie Winters, Hannah Brooks, and Maddi Edington all went yard in their 9-3 victory over the Warriors played at Rotary Park.
It was Winters and Brooks that set the tone in the first inning and Edington that delivered the dagger in the sixth.
Edington led ripped a leadoff single to start the game then Winters crushed a mammoth home run over the fence that gave them a 2-0 advantage, but that was just the start.
Hannah Brooks gave her team a 4-0 advantage by sending another two-run homer over the wall scoring Lindsey Wills who had walked.
The Longhorns continued to play well and upped their lead at 8-0 in the third.
Abby Cornett had the big hit in the inning, a two-run, two-out single. Cassidy Lakatos and Emmy Miller each drove in a run with base hits and scored that ending any comeback hopes by the Warriors after then loaded the bases in the bottom half but failed to score.
Edington closed out the Longhorns’ scoring by ripping a solo home run over the right-field fence in the sixth after the Lady Warriors had scored twice in the fifth.
Edington ended the day going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Brooks was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Winters drove in a pair of runs with her homer and Wills was 1-for-2 with a run scored. Emmy Miller, Lakatos and Cornett all had base hits.
Bella Miller went the distance of the mound to earn the win for the Longhorns. She scattered ten hits and gave up only one earned run.
Laura Rice had a big day at the plate for the Valley going 4-for-4.
The game ended with a scary moment.
Happy Valley’s Olivia Absher tried to tag up from third base and score on a sacrifice fly but was thrown out at the plate by Johnson County’s Alexis Hendley on a perfect throw from right field to catcher Emmy Miller. Absher crashed into Miller, and both girls went down and had to be transported to the Johnson City Medical Center by ambulance.
Everyone is asked to remember them in prayer as they try and recover from what was thought to be concussions for both players.
Johnson Co. 404 001 -9
Happy Valley 000 201 -3
B. Miller and E. Miller, Holt, Absher (4) and Havner.
HR—JC (Winters, Brooks, Edington)
Unicoi County 8
Johnson County 2
The news wasn’t good on Thursday as Johnson County lost to visiting Unicoi County 8-2 at Bob Kirksey Field.
Hannah Brooks paced Johnson County at the plate by going 2-for-3. Lindsey Wills was 1-for-1 with an RBI and run scored. Natalie Winters and Maddi Edington went 1-for-3 apiece to close out the hitting for the Lady Longhorns.
Hailie Hawkins and Samantha Chavez had three hits each for the Lady Blue Devils. Karla Kinsler and Ashton Vance provided two apiece.
Allee Griffith picked up the win on the mound for Unicoi County.
The Longhorns played without starting catcher Emmy Miller who is out indefinitely after being hurt in the Happy Valley win.