By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County was hoping to break out of their funk against Unaka but couldn’t overcome the play of its big gun. Taylor Shanks blasted a pair of home runs including a three-run shot, leading the Rangers to a 10-8 non conference win on a breezy Monday afternoon at Bob Kirksey Field. The Lady Longhorns out hit the visitors 7-6, but the two big blows would do them in.
“You have to tip your hat to her for the way she hit the ball,” said head coach Dana Smith about Shanks. “But we had our chances and didn’t capitalize. We sent eight more batters to the plate than they did and we left a lot of runners on. We’re 2-7 right now and we’re a better team than that.” It was the second and third innings that did Johnson County in. Shanks hit her first one in the second inning after Johnson County had taken a 3-0 lead in the first frame. Her second one led to a five-run third inning that put the Rangers on top 8-1.
Unaka built their lead up to 10-4 before Johnson County began to whittle away at the deficit. They scored three in the fourth and added a solo run in the seventh. They left the bases loaded in the second and two runners on a couple of other frames. Michala Cretsinger had a big game for the Lady Longhorns, going 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Bella Miller added a 2-for-4 effort with an RBI. Courtney Brooks was 1-2. Brianna Snyder and Jayme Jennings went 1-3 and 1-4 respectively.
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