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Lady Longhorns hold off Sullivan South 2-1

JCs  Kelsey Duperry beat the throw to third base
JCs Kourtney Tolley tags out a South runner at first base.

By Tim Chambers

It was like watching a game of “Quiet Mouse” for five plus innings. The final at-bat for Johnson County and Sullivan South was more of a “dodge ball” variety.
The Lady Longhorns dodged a couple of bullets in the seventh and walked away with an important 2-1 victory.  This game was totally different than the 16-15 loss they suffered in Kingsport nearly a month ago.
It was a classic pitcher’s duo provided by Johnson County’s Brianna Snyder and South’s Maddie Townsend.
Snyder scattered nine hits and fanned nine in, picking up the victory. Townsend allowed seven hits while taking the loss.
“Both of them pitched their hearts out,” said Johnson County’s head coach Dana Smith. “I thought Bri showed a lot of toughness by pitching out of a few jams. We kept telling our kids that we needed to be patient and claw out a couple of runs. We were able to string together a few hits in the sixth and score a couple of runs. Bri and our defense did the rest. It was a game we needed to win. I’m proud of our kids for the way they kept battling.”
They definitely did battle in a wild and whacky sixth.
Snyder got things started with a double, then moved to third on a single by Jayme Jennings. The bases were loaded after Michala Cretsinger laid down a perfectly placed bunt single. The fun began at that point.
Marley Eggers had an RBI single to drive home Snyder. Total confusion on the play allowed Jennings to scamper home, giving the Horns a 2-0 lead.
But they weren’t out of woods just yet.
South scored one run and loaded the bases with one out in the seventh. Snyder rediscovered her groove and struck out the final two batters to end the game.
Seven Lady Longhorns hit safely in the game. That included Snyder, Jennings, Cretsinger, Eggers, Courtney Brooks, Kourtney Tolley and Courtney Wilson.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.