KINGSPORT — After sitting out the first two weeks of the softball season recovering from wrist surgery, Dobyns-Bennett's Marissa Honeycutt was glad to be back in the pitcher's circle for the Lady Indians.
On Thursday, Honeycutt put in a workmanlike performance, scattering four hits and striking out seven as D-B blanked Tennessee High 3-0 in a Big 7 Conference game at Indian Highland Park.
"It had been tough sitting and watching," said Honeycutt, who had surgery for torn ligaments in her wrist. "I wanted to be supportive of my teammates but what I really wanted was to be back out on the field."
Ever competitive, Honeycutt wasn't completely satisfied with her performance.
"I guess it was OK for my first game back," said Honeycutt, obviously wanting to have had an even better start.
The Lady Vikings put the pressure on Honeycutt in the third inning when they loaded the bases with just one out.
Honeycutt responded by striking out the next two batters to quell the uprising.
Tennessee High had runners on second and third in the fourth and runners on first and third in the seventh only to see Honeycutt work her way out of both jams.
"It's good to have her back," said D-B coach Andy Hubbard. "She's a battler. I know it's been hard for her to watch, but she gave us a good performance."
Leah Taylor got the Lady Indians (6-6, 2-2) on the board in the second inning when she doubled and was driven home by Brooke Mohr.
D-B added a run in the third after a Hannah Whitson double and an RBI single by Mikaylah Frye. The Lady Indians tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when Abby Stratton singled and moved around the bases and eventually scored on three straight fielders choices.
After struggling early in the season because of injuries in the starting lineup, the win over Tennessee High (1-5, 1-3) could be a turning point for the Lady Indians.
"Today was our fifth different starting pitcher and about our 15th different lineup," said Hubbard. "We got Lindsey Jones back at second base and that helped because of her speed and defense.
"We settled down and played better defensively," added Hubbard. "For us it's like starting all over. Hopefully, by the end of the year everything will click."