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Unicoi Lady Blue Devils defeat Lady Longhorns 10-0

Playing despite a steady downfall of rain, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns took on the Unicoi Lady Blue Devils at home last week, but were unfortunately handed another defeat. With only two bases earning hits in the whole game, Johnson County’s biggest trouble was lack of contact with the ball.
Yet, despite the final outcome on the scoreboard, Coach Dana Smith was simply pleased to see her team putting out a tremendous amount of effort. “I was very impressed with them today. They came to play today and that was a big difference from the game against University High. We had hits at different times, but we just didn’t put eyes on it and we needed to put eyes on it. Defensively we had a couple blips, but, in all, this team did what I needed them to do. We had a new catcher and I thought she did a wonderful job. She was nervous but that’s understandable.”
Pitcher Cindy Eddington threw out a 119 pitches against 42 batters in another complete seven- inning game. Landing 68 strikes, Eddington only had one strikeout against the last batter in the game, but kept a steady pace despite having to constantly switch to a dry ball because of the rain.
Overall, defensively Johnson County did well, with the notable exception of a big sweep in the third and fourth innings that allowed the Lady Blue Devils to gain 9 of their 10 runs. Even then, three of those advancements were due to big home runs with two outs against Unicoi in the third inning. In all, the Lady Blue Devils managed to land 12 base hits, including several doubles. It was those big hits that helped Unicoi make it home six times in the fourth inning alone.
Even more troublesome for the Lady Longhorns was Unicoi’s skilled pitcher. With no lack of attempts to hit the ball, Johnson County was faced with strikes more often than not, coming up with a total of nine strikeouts throughout the game. Yet, as the Lady Longhorn’s Haley Miller pointed out, there were other problems as well. “The rain put us down a lot too. We weren’t ready for it. I think we still just weren’t altogether into it today, physically, but the rain didn’t help much either,” said Miller.
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