By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
BLOUNTVILLE—Johnson County lost the first game of a doubleheader at Sullivan Central but bounced back like a super ball in the second one. The Longhorns got timely hits and took advantage of several walks to win a 12-2 contest in the nightcap. They were defeated 6-4 in the opener.
Johnson County 12
Sullivan Central 2
The Lady Longhorns never trailed in the game after jumping out to a 3-1 first inning lead.
Natalie Winters smacked a two-run double off the wall scoring Cassidy Lakatos and Hannah Brooks who had walked. Alexis Hendley drove in Winters with a sacrifice fly.
They added an unearned run in the third and struck for a couple more in the fifth.
Abby Cornett roped an RBI triple and later scored on a ground ball out from Courtney Brooks.
The Lady Cougars had trouble throwing strikes in Johnson County’s final at-bat. Six walks led to six runs with the help of a two-run single by Courtney Brooks who ended the night with two hits and three RBI’s.
Winters, Hannah Brooks, Emmy Miller, Bella Miller, Hendley, and Cornett all had a base hit each and scored.
Courtney Brooks picked up the win on the mound scattering ten hits while allowing only two runs. Madison Horne spoiled her shutout bid with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Longhorns’ head coach Angela Blevins was happy with her team’s performance.
“We hit the ball well in both games,” said Blevins. “We hit balls hard in the second game but couldn’t get a hit when we needed it most. We just left too many runners on. But I’m proud of the girls for the way they played after the loss. We could have come out not ready to play, but they regrouped and played well offensively and defensively. I felt like we got good pitching from Hannah and Courtney. We could have very easily won both games.”
Sullivan Central 6
Johnson County 4
The Lady Longhorns outhit the Cougars but came up on the short end in this one.
Central’s Sydney Snapp pitched a complete game and went 3-4 with two RBI’s while leading her team to victory.
Jasmine Sheffield, Courtney Willis, and Faith Campbell provided two hits apiece.
Emmy Miller collected three hits for the lead. Hannah Brooks added two hits including a solo homer in the first. Natalie Winters, Abby Cornett, and Maddi Edington provided two hits apiece.
Both teams finished the game with 14 hits apiece.
Johnson Co. 12,
Sullivan Central 2
Sul. Central 000 020 – 2 8 1
JCHS 301 026 – 12 8 0
HR—SC (Horne 2-run 5th)