By: Tim Chamber
Tomahawk Sports Editor
KINGSPORT—A see-saw battle between Johnson County and Sullivan South ended up being one wild and whacky roller coaster ride. The Lady Rebels scored a single run in the extra frame to take a 16-15 victory.
Wet and windy conditions were just a few of the elements the two teams battled Johnson County had fought back from a 14-11 deficit to take a 15-14 lead in the seventh. But the Rebels tied the game in the bottom half to force the extra frame.
“Our offense is there, but our defense is what’s killing us,” said Johnson County’s field boss Dana Smith. “We’re making too many errors and that’s got to stop. We could and should have won scoring 15 runs, but you can’t overcome the number of mistakes that we made and still win. It’s got to stop now. We’ve got to find the right combinations to put out there.”
The right combination on defense was needed after Johnson County erupted for eight runs in the second inning.
Kelsey Duperry, Brianna Snyder, Marley Eggers and Eden Fenner all had run scoring base hits. The Horns ended the inning with seven base hits aided by three Rebels’ errors.
Johnson County returned the favor in the bottom half. The first three Lady Rebels reached without a base hit and a drop fly-ball that would have been a sure double-play opened the floodgates for an 11-run outburst.
The big blow was a three-run triple by Maddie Townsend that cut Johnson County’s lead at 9-8. Their 9-1 lead was turned into a two-run deficit before they could retire the final Lady Rebel out.
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