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South upsets Lady Horns 3-2

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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What started out as a promising season for six seniors ended in a stunning defeat for the Lady Longhorns. Sullivan South (8-25) shocked everyone by bouncing Johnson County from the District 1-AA tournament 3-2 on Monday night at Happy Valley High School.
JCHS finished the year at 17-19. It wasn’t what head coach Dana Smith had expected.
“We did not give it everything we had and left runners on when we had them on base,” said Smith. “We had some horrible at-bats and you can’t do that at this point of the season. We lost a game to Unicoi 15-0 where I thought we didn’t give our best effort but this game tonight is the most disappointing one. I would have liked to have seen us give a much better effort. We were flat for the first three innings and from there we just had trouble getting hits and making key plays.”
Smith was on the money in all phases.
Jayme Jennings and Cindi Edington had two hits apiece for JCHS. Michala Cretsinger had the only other hit and would help manufacture a run.
Cretsinger walked in the second inning, stole second and later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Kelli Sluder. Their only other run came in the fifth.
South scored twice in the fourth and one was a gift run. The Longhorns elected not to throw the batter out at first on a passed ball strikeout with runners at second and third. That later allowed the go-ahead run to score on what should have been the third out in the inning.
The Lady Longhorns battled back to tie the game up in the fifth but were kicking themselves that they didn’t score more.
Brianna Snyder was hit by a pitch. Back-to-back singles by Jennings and Edington loaded the bases. Abby Reece drove in their final run with a ground ball but a line drive to third by Kelsey Duperry would end the inning.
They wouldn’t threaten again until the seventh.

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