Happy Valley rallies to eliminate Johnson County in 1-AA softball

Johnson City Press • May 1, 2019 at 10:43 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Happy Valley rallied with seven runs in the sixth inning to defeat Johnson County in the opening round of the District 1-AAA softball tournament Thursday at Elizabethton High School.

Maddie Lingerfelt went 3-for-3 and knocked in the winning run in the Lady Warriors’ 8-7 victory.

Laura Rice was also 3-for-3 with a RBI. Olivia Absher drove in a run and ultimately scored the game winner for the Lady Warriors (10-24).

“That’s a big pick up for the team going into the double-elimination portion of the tournament,” Happy Valley coach Cody Hyder said. “We’ve faced some adversity with our field flooding and it’s affected the girls, but they’ve played some good ball the last couple of weeks coming into the tournament. I have some high hopes that we will keep playing good ball.”

Cierra Southerland added production with a double and two runs scored.

In the circle, Abby Holt gave up seven runs and 11 hits, but stayed strong to pick up the win.

Johnson County jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and extended it to 7-0 before the Lady Warriors scored in the bottom of the fifth.

Bella Miller went 2-for-4 with a triple and drove in two runs to lead the Lady Longhorns, who ended their season at 10-16. Natalie Winters and Lindsey Wills each had two hits and scored two runs. Emmy Miller had a triple and drove in two runs and Tiffany Price had a two-run double.

Hannah Brooks drew four intentional walks and scored a run. She walked eight times against Happy Valley total in Tuesday’s regular-season finale and Wednesday’s district opener.

Tennessee High 5, Science Hill 4

BRISTOL — Anna Cradic hit a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Lady Vikings over the Lady ’Toppers.

Sejal Neas suffered the loss, but matched Cradic’s shot earlier in the game with her own two-run home run.



David Crockett 4, University High 3

Grady Cash hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning to score Grady Leonard for the dramatic win.

The Pioneers had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth off Nolan Miller’s ground out which scored Cody Wheeley.

JP Pealer had a RBI single to give the Bucs the lead in the top of the ninth after Carter Pollock had given UH a 2-1 lead an inning earlier.

Landon Quillen pitched the first seven innings throwing eight strikeouts, giving up three hits and three walks. Cash threw the final two innings and picked up the win.

Kaleb Meredith got the start for the Bucs and threw three innings before Pollock hurled the next five innings with 12 strikeouts. Miles Bembry came in the ninth and suffered the loss.

Cade Larkins went 2-for-4 with a RBI to lead Crockett offensively, while Leonard also finished 2-for-4. Cash ended with two RBIs.

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