Lady Warriors split with J.C.

from staff reports

   MOUNTAIN CITY -- The action on the field wasn't that pretty, but Hannah Banks proved to be a ray of sunshine for the Happy Valley Middle School softball team.
   With her pitching shutting down Johnson County in the second game of a doubleheader, Banks also socked a double as the Lady Junior Warriors salvaged a split with a 19-4 win Thursday evening.
   Riding the crest of a 10-run first inning, the Lady Junior Longhorns took the opener by an 11-4 score.
   "Both games were error-proned games," said Happy Valley coach Josh Wandell. "They were sloppy with a lot of walks. Neither team was very impressive today."
   Trailing 2-1 in the second contest, Happy Valley tallied nine runs in the third and eight more in the fourth to win by the slaughter rule.
   Jennifer Black and Chelsi Whitlock added 1-for-1 performances for the Lady Warriors, who improved to 8-5 on the year.
   Banks was also a bright spot in the first contest, blasting a home run. Amber Dugger, 1-for-2, and Caitlin Kerley, 1-for-3, contributed offensively for HV.
   The Lady Warriors return to action this afternoon, taking on Hunter at Unaka High. First pitch is set for 4:30.