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Lady Warriors beat Longhorns in close game

It looked as though the JCHS Lady Longhorns were going to have a very disappointing senior night at home last week, hosting the Happy Valley Lady Warriors. Down 3-9 in the fourth inning it appeared that the Lady Warriors had little to worry about. Yet that same overconfidence along with some help from a tenth career homerun by Eden Smith soon had Johnson County back on the board and working hard to catch up.
By the seventh inning, Happy Valley was still standing at 9 runs on the scoreboard, and the Lady Longhorns were holding tight at six. With a base hit by Ashley Arnold to get things going, Johnson County was determined to make a good showing. Still three runs behind, the Lady Longhorns were handed their first out, a strikeout against Hollie Harrison. Undaunted, Eden Smith stepped up to the plate and landed her home run, gaining an RBI for herself as well as Arnold who was, at that time, still on first.
One run away from going into an international tie break, freshman Cindy Eddington landed a base hit to take first. The Lady Longhorns hit another stumbling block as Haley Miller was caught out at first, delivering the second out. Miranda Payne was next at bat, landing a base hit to take first and advancing Eddington to second. Unfortunately a tie was not meant to be as Liza Watson made a big hit, but to no avail as the Lady Warriors left fielder made a swift catch, delivering the third out and driving home a narrow Happy Valley victory.
Understandably Coach Dana Smith was upset by such a close loss. “I expected the comeback, but I expected it sooner, for them to come on to hitting a little bit earlier. They were a little off kilter the first two innings. They usually do a good job of battling back. To play that game again it would be the same, but the only difference is that we can’t spot runs early. That’s what we did; we spotted runs way too early with some errors. You can’t win like that but you just have to keep going and keep playing. The inconsistency and the swings that we go through are an issue, but they came within one run and the left fielder made a heck of a play to close the game out. We had different times where different people came through with the hits and did what they needed to do,” said Smith.
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