Lady Warriors win four of five

from staff reports

   KINGSPORT -- Happy Valley has one of the top softball teams in the area, and the Lady Warriors are proving why in the Eastman Invitational.
   Playing five games over the last two days, including four on Saturday, Happy Valley was able to walk away with four wins against strong competition.
   The Lady Warriors opened with a 3-2 win over Jefferson County on Friday night as Terra Whaley went 3-for-3 and Alicia Dick tossed a nifty two-hitter.
   Kate Powell and Jessica Blevins added 2-for-3 showings for the winners.
   The Lady Warriors showed their stamina on Saturday, taking on Anderson County, Tennessee High, Knox Karns and Dobyns-Bennett.
   Defeating Anderson County 7-5, Happy Valley rallied from a 4-3 deficit behind some good relief pitching from Dick, who garnered the win, and the 2-for-4 batting of Kortney Goulds.
   In a 5-1 HV victory over Tennessee High, Dick pitched a three-hitter while Mandy Byrd led the Lady Warrior sticks by going 2-for-4.
   Knox Karns handed Happy Valley its only loss of the tourney to this point, pulling out a tough 4-3 decision.
   Christy Shell paced the Lady Warriors offensively with a 2-for-3 output. Dick banged out a double, and Whaley, Byrd, Goulds and Blevins each added a single.
   Happy Valley, though, wouldn't be denied in a tight game with Dobyns-Bennett, which lasted nine innings.
   Playing international rules, in which the last player to make an out at the end of an inning goes to second base the next time her team comes to bat (during extra innings), the Lady Warriors mustered the strength to claim a 3-2 win.
   With the score tied at 1 to begin the ninth, Whaley was placed on second for HV, and she scored on a Goulds single. Jennifer Osborne followed with a hit to plate Goulds, which proved to be key because D-B pushed across a run in its half of the inning.
   Dick pitched the first six innings for the Lady Warriors, and Goulds relieved for the victory.
   Goulds and Blevins both batted 2-for-4.
   "Overall, we're about worn out today," said Lady Warrior coach Karri Killen. "We battled all the way through. We just played hard and never gave up. Hopefully that will carry over to (today)."
   Happy Valley (9-5) will continue tournament action today against Baylor at 10:30 a.m.