By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
JOHNSON CITY—The middle school Longhorns saw their season come to a close on Tuesday against Hampton. The Bulldogs opened up a 7-0 lead in the first two innings that propelled them to a 13-10 victory.
The Bulldogs used a two-run triple by Kaleb Royston and run-scoring singles from Avery Hill and Morgan Lyons to go on top in the early going.
The Longhorns fought back to get within one by scoring six times in their second at-bat.
Dalton Brown singled then scored on a base hit by Trey Snyder. Peyton Pavusek plated another run with a sacrifice fly. Josh Allen and Graham Reece would each come through with RBI base hits as did Seth Condor and Zack Parsons before Hampton could escape the inning.
The Bulldogs kept on applying the pressure with a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth frames. They also tallied solo runs in the fourth and seventh innings to account for their baker’s dozen total.
Johnson County rallied for four runs in their final at-bat but couldn’t overcome the seven-run deficit.
Josh Austin had three hits to lead the Longhorns. Snyder, Icenhour, and Parsons provided two hits apiece. Pavusek recorded a pair of RBI’s as did Condor and Parsons.
Lyons, Hill, McKinley Kuhn, Kyler Lewis, and Connor Burleson collected two hits each for the Bulldogs. Brady Hicks picked up the win on the mound for Hampton.
The Longhorns struggled on defense by making six of them in the game.
Johnson County’s head coach Julian Crews summed up the season.
It was a year of ups and downs,” said Crews. “We went through a lot of peaks and valleys. It was like one long roller coaster ride.
The Longhorns finish the year at 9-9.
Johnson Co. 10
JCMS 060 000 4 – 10 13 6
Hampton 340 122 1– 13 12 1