By Tim Chambers
It took only three innings for the fat lady to sing, close her songbook and head home on Tuesday. Sullivan East scored 10 runs in the first three frames to knock off Johnson County 10-3 in high school softball play on Bob Kirksey Field.
The two squads had played close in their previous contest with Johnson County falling 9-5 thanks to a grand slam homer. This time the game was decided early.
The Lady Pats wasted no time getting their bats going in the first inning. Three singles and a double by Autumn Gobble enabled East to gain a 4-0 advantage.
The Longhorns loaded the bases in the bottom half with a pair of singles by Hannah Brooks and Marley Eggers and a leadoff walk to Bella Miller. Natalie Winters grounded out to bring in one run but the Horns would leave the bases loaded trailing 4-1.
East added three more in the second stanza to go up 7-1. They duplicated that in the following inning to move in front 10-1.
The Longhorns were able to extend the game by scoring twice in the fourth inning. Miller and Lindsey Wills had RBI singles. Maddie South started the inning with a leadoff single.
The bright spot for Johnson County was the pitching of Hannah Brooks. The talented freshman came on in relief of Courtney Brooks in the fourth inning and threw four scoreless innings. Kylee went the distance for East to earn the win.
Miller led the Longhorns’ offense going 2-3 with two runs scored. South was 2-3. Wills was 1-3 with an RBI.
Chelsey Sams collected four hits and scored three times to pace the Lady Pats. Kelsey Smith, Wolfe, Gobble and Jana White added two hits apiece for the Patriots.