Whaley delivers for Lady Warriors

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- Terra Whaley was a riddle that Science Hill just couldn't solve on Tuesday afternoon.
   The Lady Warrior slugger not only went 4-for-4 at the plate, but drilled a game-winning home run in the top of the seventh inning to lift Happy Valley to a 9-7 non-conference win.
   "Terra has really pulled through for us," said Lady Warriors coach Karri Killen, whose club finished the regular season with a 15-14 record (9-5 in Watauga). "She's been hitting for us all year."
   The score was tied at 7 when Whaley led off the seventh with a solo blast. Happy Valley tacked on another run for insurance.
   The contest proved to be an up-and-down affair for the Lady Warriors, who tallied five first-inning runs en route to taking a 7-0 advantage.
   Kortney Goulds was cruising right along for Happy Valley until the team committed four errors in the fifth inning, leading to six Lady Hilltopper runs.
   Science Hill then evened things up in the sixth.
   "The first four innings we pretty much shut them down," Killen said. "We hit the ball and played well, then those four errors in one inning killed us, and our bats kind of went dead. But we came back and pulled it out."
   Alicia Dick, who relieved Goulds in the fifth, totaled five strikeouts and picked up the win.
   Kate Powell contributed a 2-for-3 effort at the plate for Happy Valley, which hosts Johnson County this Friday (5 p.m.) in the opening round of the District 1-AA tournament.
   "We're playing good ball," Killen said. "Hopefully we can carry it over to the tournament."
   Julia Stewart was tops for the Lady Hilltoppers, batting 2-for-3.