By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
ERWIN—Johnson County was looking for a signature win and got one at the NFS tournament on Friday night in Erwin. The Lady Longhorns scored three runs in the first inning that ignited them to an 11-2 victory.
Courtney Brooks led off the game with a double then scored on a sacrifice fly by Cassidy Lakatos. Hannah Brooks smack a mammoth solo homer to make it 2-0. Back-to-back doubles from Emmy Miller and Natalie Winters put the Lady Horns on top to stay.
“This was the type of win we had been looking for,” said Johnson County’s head coach Angela Blevins. “We hit the ball up and down the lineup, and we didn’t leave very many runners on base. I thought we had some good at-bats against Unicoi, but we hit several balls hard but right at them. I was pleased for the most part with how we played.”
The Longhorns struck for another four runs in the third. The big blow was a 3-run triple off the bat of Maddi Edington that scored Emmy Miller, Bella Miller, and Alexis Hendley.
Tennessee High tallied a pair of runs in the second but could muster any more of Johnson County’s Courtney Brooks. The senior righty kept the Vikings off balanced while going the distance to earn the win.
Hannah Brooks helped the cause with another solo home run during their six-run fourth. Winters would hammer her second double of the game as the Horns ran out the allotted time needed to play each game.
Hannah Brooks, Courtney Brooks, Winters, Bella Miller and Edington had two hits each for the Horns. Edington added three RBI’s and Hannah Brooks provided two.
Johnson County outhit the Vikings 11-6.
Tenn. High 020 00 – 2 6 1
JCHS 304 4 x – 11 11 0
Unicoi County 8
Johnson County 2
The Longhorns dropped an 8-2 contest to home standing Unicoi County who defeated Science Hill for the championship.
Hannah Brooks went 2-
for-2 and scored a run to
lead the Longhorns. Emmy Miller provided a double
and scored. Alexis Hendley drove in both runs with