The Lady Longhorns
got the revenge they came seeking on Thursday after losing a close contest two weeks ago in Blountville. They knocked off Sullivan Central 8-2 after losing a heartbreaking 7-4 contest at Sullivan East on Tuesday thanks to a 3-run walk-off homer with two outs in the last inning.
Johnson County 8
Sullivan Central 2
The Lady Longhorns scored four times in the second inning with two outs then added two more in the third to get the upper hand on Central.
Abby Cornett laced a two-run single, and Maddi Edington delivered another one bagger that plated a couple more runs for a 4-0 advantage.
A towering 2-run homer in the third inning by Hannah Brooks scored Lindsey Wills who had singled for a 6-0 advantage.
Natalie Winters had a key base hit in the fourth inning that helped produced another run that made it 7-0.
Their final run came in the sixth on an RBI double from Lindsey Wills that scored Winters.
Central scored its lone two runs in the sixth inning but couldn’t muster any more runs off of Hannah Brooks. She went the distance on the mound to earn the win allowing just six hits.
Brooks had a good day at the plate going 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and two runs scored. Edington and Wills recorded two hits apiece. Alexis Hendley was 1-for-1 with an RBI and run scored. Cornett and Winters collected one hit each.
JCHS’ head coach Greg Reece was happy with his team’s performance.
“Tonight our team really responded and bounced back from that tough loss to East,” said Reece. “We were shorthanded and a little beat down the first time we played them, and we really beat ourselves. Tonight the ladies came out and attacked them both at the plate and on the bases. Bouncing back from the loss at East to play like this tonight says a lot about the character of this team.”
Reece went on to add.
“We are through the roughest part of our schedule, but we still have Elizabethton twice and Sullivan South twice this week. The next few days will determine where we are in the seeding for the district tournament.”
Sullivan East 7
Johnson County 4
Caiden Bawgus hit a two-out 3-run walk-off homer to give the Lady ‘Patriots a come-from-behind win.
The Longhorns held a 4-3 lead after five, but East tied the game with a run in the sixth.
The Patriots used a 2-run homer by Kaylee Wolfe in the first inning to get on the board. They also got a single home run by Chelsea Sams during the third.
The Lady Longhorns used a 2-run single by Maddi Edington and an RBI base hit by Abby Cornett in the second inning to get on the board with three runs in the second inning. A single from by Hannah Brooks and Bella Miller’s double would factor in them taking a 4-3 lead in the fifth.
Miller swung the big stick for the Longhorns going 3-for-3.
Cornett was 2-for-3 and Edington 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, while Winters and Brooks had the only other hits for Johnson County.
The home runs by Wolfe, Sams, and Bawgus accounted for six of the seven runs that East scored.
Johnson County’s skipper Greg Reece summed up the loss best.
“That is a tough loss to accept. We played very well at times, but we missed out on some big opportunities. We had bases loaded with one out and got nothing out of it. I think we left runners on second and third another time. Hannah Brooks pitched a terrific game, even with the homers, she did a great job of mixing in location and speed, but East is going to get their hits. “
“Natalie Winters played very well moving from first to catcher in place of the injured Emmy Miller. Natalie had not caught in a while, and she handled things behind the plate great.”
The Longhorns were set to play a doubleheader at Elizabethton and another twin bill at Sullivan South on Thursday.