Lady Warriors blank North

from staff reports

   KINGSPORT -- With pitcher Kortney Goulds whizzing through the Sullivan North lineup, the Lady Warriors of Happy Valley captured a 2-0 Watauga Conference victory on Thursday afternoon.
   Going the distance, Goulds struck out 12 batters and allowed just three hits to help Happy Valley improve to 3-1 in the conference and 5-1 overall.
   There wasn't a great deal of hitting on either side, as the game was played with a lower-compression ball.
   The Lady Warriors mustered six hits, with Mandy Byrd, Alicia Dick, Jessie Blevins, Goulds, Jeanie Hawkins and Terra Whaley collecting one apiece.
   Happy Valley tallied both of its runs in the fifth. Hawkins and Whaley singled and advanced on a passed ball before Hawkins came home on a Kate Powell RBI. Another passed ball enabled Whaley to cross the plate with the second run.
   Neither squad committed an error, making for a quick contest.
   Happy Valley returns home on Monday to host Unicoi County in a huge Watauga encounter.