By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Any win ould have been a good one, but beating the league leader in the Watauga Valley Conference was even better. Johnson County pulled off a shocker by knocking off University High 3-0 on Monday afternoon at Indian Trail.
It was a breath of fresh air for head coach Dana Smith after her team dropped some close games over the weekend in the Eastman Classic. The legendary Smith hopes her squad can build off this huge confidence booster.
“It was a big win for us, a much needed one,” said Smith. “Our girls needed something to boost their confidence and this game can do that. Bri (Snyder) pitched outstanding and we made a lot of good plays defensively behind her. We also got some clutch hits when we needed them. It was great to watch our kids play this way.”
Pitching, clutch hitting and defense were the three ingredients needed to cook up a big win. The Horns got all of them by several contributors.
Kelsey Duperry was the defensive wizard in the first inning, recording all three outs at third base.
Kourtney Tolley turned a nice double play in the third inning from her first base position.
Johnson County scored all of its runs in the third inning with the help of two clutch base hits.
Courtney Brooks and Brittney Brooks both reached to start the inning on hard hit balls that were misplayed. Eden Fenner had a perfect bunt single to load the bases.
Snyder got the Longhorns on the board with an RBI single that scored Brittney Brooks to put her team up 1-0.
Michala Cretsinger provided the game’s biggest hit, a two-run single to left that scored Fenner and Snyder for a 3-0 advantage.
“Michala had a clutch hit at a time when we needed it,” said Smith. “Bri had one too that got us on the board. She pitched a super game and our defense did the job. Duperry and Jayme Jennings played well in the infield and Tolley had a big play at first base. Everybody did something to help us win the game. Michala made some good catches in the outfield at a time when we needed them.”
Not much was needed because of Snyder’s performance on the mound.
Frankie Cradic and Maddie Freeman had the hits for UH. Snyder struck out four and walked three while going the distance.
Cretsinger was 1-3 with two RBIs for the Longhorns. Snyder was 1-3 and drove in a run. Courtney Brooks, Brittney Brooks and Marley Eggers went 1-3 each. Jayme Jennings had the other base hit.
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