Lady Warriors cut loose in victory over Raiders

from staff reports


   It didn't take long for the Lady Warriors of Happy Valley to go from neutral to overdrive.
   Erupting for 17 runs over the course of the fourth and fifth innings, Happy Valley came from behind to defeat Sullivan North 18-4 in a Watauga Conference softball tilt.
   "We didn't start out too strong," said Lady Warrior coach Karri Killen. "I don't know if I have to make them mad or what to get them motivated, but we turned it around and started hitting the ball. Thirteen hits, I can't complain."
   The Lady Golden Raiders were leading 4-2 until Happy Valley found its stroke.
   A 3-for-3 performance from Jessie Blevins provided the biggest offensive spark for the Lady Warriors. Mandy Byrd was right behind at 3-for-5, while Alicia Dick, 2-for-3; and Kortney Goulds, 2-for-4, put in solid efforts.
   Dick (8-6) totaled eight strikeouts and zero walks, getting the job done for Happy Valley on the mound.
   The Lady Warriors (7-5, 12-14) will host Hampton on Thursday, then visit Johnson County on Monday.