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Lady Longhorns win whopping victory over Sullivan North

The second round of the Three Rivers Conference District Tournament went much better for the Lady Longhorns, culminating in a whopping 15-2 victory over the Sullivan North Lady Golden Raiders. After a slow start against East earlier in the week cost them the game, Johnson County was focused and determined to put up as strong an offense as they could from the very first inning. With 15 base hits, the result was a run or very near run in every single turn at bat.
Following a change in the batting line up, Haley Miller was the first Lady Longhorn to take a swing, landing a hit into right field to gain first and then advancing to second off of contact from Ashley Arnold. As Arnold continued around to third, Miller eventually crossed home plate, giving Johnson County their first run. Arnold very nearly became the second score on the board, but was caught out on her attempt to the plate.
The game slowed offensively in the second inning, but Johnson County still managed to take third thanks to a triple into right field by Miranda Payne. The Lady Longhorns made two more runs in the third, with a big hit by Eden Smith earning her two RBIs for advancing in Ashley Arnold and Kelsey Watson. Smith would have likely been the third run for the inning but was cut short by a third out resulting from a catch at first.
Ahead of North 3-0, the Lady Longhorns were still uncomfortable about a potential comeback late in the game, and really started to put the heat on the Lady Raiders beginning with the fifth. With Arnold, Miller, and Smith all taking first base off of hits, it was only a matter of time before the advancements became runs. Smith gained two RBIs by batting in Arnold and Miller, only to be batted in herself by Cindy Eddington. A defensive error that gave Miranda Payne first pushed Eddington to second, but Johnson County gained their third out before they could make any more headway.
The comeback that Johnson County feared seemed to start in the fifth inning as well, with North making some significant gains off a triple, aided by Johnson County’s only defensive error. The result was a two run pickup with a runner still on third and another on second. Fortunately some strong pitching by Cindy Eddington struck out two of North’s batters, and coupled with a catch near the plate, brought the Lady Raiders best chance to an end.
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