By Tim Chambers
KINGSPORT—The task at hand was simple yet difficult for Johnson County. They had to survive and advance past home against Sullivan South to remain alive in the District 1-AA softball tournament on Friday. They accomplished that feat by the skin of their teeth getting a 2-1 victory over the Lady Rebels.
They were almost bounced from the saddle had it not been for a stellar pitching performance from their prize thoroughbred, Brianna Snyder. The hard throwing righty allowed just two hits and retired nine out of the last 10 batters she faced.
“I felt pretty good on the mound and my teammates got me a couple of runs that were huge,” said Snyder. “We knew they would be tough to beat at home. We were frustrated about leaving too many on against Happy Valley and not scoring. Now we have a chance to play them again. It would be huge for us to knock them off. Nobody wants our season to end.”
That was obvious from the way that Johnson County performed.
Maddie Townsend scored on a wild pitch in the second inning to put South up 1-0. She had led off the inning with a single, but Johnson County tied it back up in the bottom half.
Jayme Jennings singled, then took second on a throwing error. Brittany Brooks followed with a run-scoring base hit, tying the contest at 1-1.
From that point Snyder was dominant.
The Rebels got runners on base in the third and fourth frames but couldn’t score. Snyder would retire nine of the last 10 batters she faced in the contest.
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