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Lady Longhorns play well at Eastman Classic

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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KINGSPORT— Saturday afternoon was a wait and see situation for the Lady Longhorns. They were hoping to make the final 16 cut of the Eastman Softball Classic. Their wishes came true around 5:00 pm. They had made the field for the first time ever.
They went in as the 16th seed pitted against Knox Halls, the defending champion.
The Longhorns played well but dropped a 3-0 contest. Halls scored their runs in the fifth, taking advantage of two Johnson County errors.
Hope Nelson and Kelsey Duperry had the only two hits in the game for JCHS.
“Other than the one inning we played great,” said head coach Dana Smith. “Getting into the final 16 was quite an accomplishment for our softball team. I thought Brianna Snyder threw a great game. She and Cindi (Edington) were as good as any pitchers down here.”

Johnson County 3
Sullivan Central 0
The Longhorns earned their spot by knocking off the Lady Cougars in their final game of the day.
Cindi Edington tossed a one-hitter to earn the win. She also had a solo homer in the third.
Kelli Sluder drove home a run with an RBI. Michala Cretsinger had a key sacrifice bunt in the fourth that helped them score their final run.
Hope Nelson, Edington and Sluder shared Johnson County’s three hits.
Cookeville 7
Johnson County 6
Cindi Edington smacked a pair of homeruns but it wasn’t enough to top Cookevile. She had a solo homer in the first and a two-run dinger in the fifth.
Demi Blevins delivered a two-run single in the first. Brianna Snyder, Abby Reece and Kelsey Duperry each had a hit for the Lady Longhorns.
Johnson County had runners on at second and third in their last at-bat but couldn’t get them in on two tries.
“We had a golden opportunity to win it there at the end,” said Smith. “We just didn’t put the bat on the ball when we needed to.”

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