GREENEVILLE—It was a beautiful Sunday for the Johnson County softball team in the prestigious Tiny Day Softball tournament played in Greeneville. The Lady Longhorns won the bronze division by defeating Elizabethton 12-9 earning their 13th win of the season, which came after a rough couple of days during the tournament.
The Longhorns got a tough draw to start the event landing in runner-up Greeneville and Volunteer’s bracket. The Horns then had to deal with several of the players missing Saturday due to the senior prom.
But all in all, it was a good week for them according to head coach Greg Reece.
“Our kids played really well on Sunday especially against Elizabethton,” said Reece. “We needed that game, and some of our younger girls gained valuable experience on Saturday, and I was pleased with the way they responded.”
The Longhorns used back-to-back doubles from Natalie Winters and Lindsey Wills to get on the board in the first inning against the Cyclones. That offset a solo home run by Elizabethton’s Maggie Johnson to leadoff the game.
The Longhorns scored four times in the second inning. It all started with Abby Cornett’s double and Bella Miller highlighted it with a two-run single that gave the Horns a 6-2 advantage.
Winters and Hannah Brooks delivered RBI base hits in the third as the Horns scored in every frame of their seven-inning game. Brooks homered in the sixth, and Cassidy Lakatos delivered one of her three base hits in the frame that gave the Lady Longhorns some breathing room.
Cornett went 3-for-3 with two runs scored to top the Longhorns. Lakatos and Wills had three hits apiece and scored twice. Brooks enjoyed a monster game going 2-for-2 with two RBI’s and reached base five times. Winters were 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and three runs scored. Bella Miller drove in two runs with a base hit and pitched the win, while Maddi Edington also had an RBI base hit and scored.
Madison Pritchard swatted three hits to lead the Cyclones. Johnson, Kara Dillard, Kaylen Shell, and Marley Wagner provided two hits apiece.
The two teams combined for total hits with the Horns getting 15 of them.
Johnson County 5
University School 0
Maddi Edington and freshmen Sydni Potter and Hailey Cox had two hits apiece against the Lady Bucs to propel the Horns into the championship game versus Elizabethton.
Hannah Brooks tossed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Tiffany Price delivered an RBI single. Lindsey Wills, Natalie Winters, and Edington all drove in a run.
Johnson County 13
West Greene 0
Natalie Winters belted a home run that highlighted the outcome of Johnson County’s third win during the tournament.
Maddi Edington went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RB’s to lead the way. Freshman Hailey Rider went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI’s.
Hailey Cox was 1-for-1 with a run scored. Diamond Dibble had a two-run single, while Alexis Hendley went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Bella Miller stroked a single that drove in a run.
Rider struck out seven batters to pick up the win on the mound for the Horns.
Johnson Co. 1
Freshman Hailey Cox and Faith Walsh had two hits each, but the Longhorns minus several key players fell to Greeneville.
Johnson Co. 5
Hailey Rider pitched well for the Lady Longhorns who came up just a bit short against the Falcons. Rider also had two hits as did
Faith Walsh. Hannah Brooks hit a solo homer and went 1-for-1. Tiffany Price, Cassidy Lakatos, and Sydni Potter chipped in with one hit apiece.