By, Jonathan Pleasant
Coming up against an equally matched and relatively young team like Sullivan North, the Lady Longhorns got the opportunity to show just how talented some of their freshman and sophomore player s re¬ally are last week in King¬sport. Walk¬ing away with an amazing 18-2 win, the Lady Golden Raiders strug¬gled valiantly but could not match up against a group of Longhorns that has im¬pressed even head Coach Dana Smith.
I think were surpris¬ing a few peo¬ple, Smith said. This group gets along so well. They treat each other like family and Im not exaggerat¬ing that at all. They get along so well it amazes me. It makes my job and Lisas job so much easier. They help each other, they support each other, they pull each other up, and they talk to each other. I m really happy that my young girls are doing what they can do and are working really, really hard to get better.
The game started off on fairly even footing. Se¬niors Ashley Arnold and Haley Miller made some strong pushes all the way around to home plate, and along with sophomore Abby Reece, were advanced off an amazing offensive performance from freshman Kelsey Duperry that earned her two RBIs in the first inning alone.
Eventually turning it over to North, the Raiders were quick to catch up by batting in two runners and almost delivering a third. The home team was shut down more than once by Johnson Countys Hope Nelson, who ended up with 52 strikes and four strikeouts by the end of the evening. Even those who did squeak by were quickly put out by an equally strong Lady Longhorn defensive showing, with Ashley Arnold doing very well on second, Reece in center field and Duperry on third.
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