By Tim Chambers
It’s been an up and down season for Johnson County’s softball team so far in 2016 and trying to figure them out has been rather difficult.
Two lopsided losses to Happy Valley and Elizabethton last week were followed up with a 4-2 victory over a very good University High squad.
Perhaps Forrest Gump’s mama said it best. “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”
The same holds true with the Lady Longhorns.
They lost at Sullivan South 16-15 nearly one month ago in a game where they scored nine runs in one inning and led 9-1.
They defeated South 2-1 at home three weeks later in a game where runs were difficult to come by.
They nearly knocked off Elizabethton on the road but played their worst game of the season on Wednesday against them. And they completely came unglued at Happy Valley in a game that was close until a bad call didn’t go their way.
They defeated Sullivan East 2-1 at home and lost 2-1 over there on a walk-off single, the same Lady Patriots squad that has defeated league champion Elizabethton twice and Happy Valley.
Elizabethton leads the league with a 10-2 mark. Unicoi County is 10-3, East 7-4 and Happy Valley come in fourth at 6-5.
Johnson County is currently 3-7 and guaranteed a fifth spot. South is 2-8 and North is winless.
What does all of the above mean? You can throw out the records when district tournament play starts. Five teams are capable of knocking one another off at any given moment and the Horns are one of those. And South will be playing the District on their home field so there is an argument for six teams.
Johnson County will play Happy Valley in the first round of what should be one humdinger of a double elimination tournament.
Check out our Tomahawk Facebook page for a complete tournament schedule on Thursday.
For the rest of Tim’s Tomahawk Talk column, pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.