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Lady Longhorns take 5-3 win over Sullivan East

The Johnson County Lady Longhorns were back on top of things in their home game against the Sullivan East Lady Patriots. Strong defenses from both teams kept the score low and kept runners away from home plate for the majority of the game, but rapid success in the first and sixth innings allowed Johnson County to pull ahead, taking away a 5-3 win.
Kicking off the game, the Lady Patriots managed to get a runner on base after being hit by the pitcher. Followed by two strike outs, it looked as though the Lady Longhorns might be off to a good start until a hit by the fourth batter, followed by a double from the fifth, helped push two of East’s runners around the diamond.
Fortunately the Lady Longhorns were quick to answer East’s two runs with two of their own. After taking first, Ashley Arnold worked hard to steal second while Hollie Harrison took first from a walk. Loading the bases with a hit from Eden Smith, the pressure was on Haley Miller to bat in a Johnson County runner. Thankfully, Miller made contact into right field, allowing Arnold and Harrison to take home, before Smith received an out at third.
With the game tied 2-2, the game turned into a defensive battle, with both teams going into a dry spell starting in the second inning. With a very strong defensive lineup, the Lady Longhorns did exceptionally well at keeping the Lady Patriots off base. Several good catches by outfielder Caitlin Westphal and Ashley Arnold at first resulted in quick outs in the second and fourth innings.
In one particularly good maneuver, outfielder Hollie Harrison ran in to make a catch at the same time as Ashley Arnold was running out from first. Harrison called the catch just in time for Arnold to drop out of the way, giving the Lady Patriots another out and preventing potential disaster.
Sullivan East was able to gain one more run midway through the third inning, thanks to a big double into center field, which put the runner in a good position to be batted in by the next hit. Although the Lady Longhorns were not able to match the run until the sixth inning, there was still good contact on the ball, with thirteen hits overall and several advancements to second and third.
Even behind by one run, Coach Dana Smith had faith that her team would be able to pull out a win. “I knew the way we were hitting and the amount of hits that we were putting together, that it was only an amount of time before we took care of it. They have a tendency to do that, to never quit and keep pushing, and that’s exactly what they did. We laid down bats when we needed to lay down bats; we did things that are amazing. When it gets down to the last two innings they are going to take care of business.”
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