By Tim Chambers
The Junior High Longhorns played a near perfect game against Hampton, but unfortunately the end result would have a flaw.
The Bulldogs scored two times in their final at-bat to knock off the Longhorns 5-4.
The Longhorns had scored twice in the sixth to erase a 4-3 deficit. Head Coach Julian Crews said it just wasn’t their day.
“We outhit them, played well defensively and got some pretty good pitching from Ethan Icenhour,” said Crews. “We get two strikeouts in the seventh, but the second one produces a wild pitch allowing the tying run to get on. They get the big hit to go up by one. We had our chances in the seventh, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”
The Longhorns tied the game at 2-2 in the second after Hampton had scored twice in the first frame.
Mason Bragg’s two-run single scored Zack Parsons who had hit safely and Icenhour who reached on a free pass.
Hampton got an RBI single from Aiden Vines in the third inning to go up 3-2.
Two singles by Preston Greer and Nate Rice in the sixth inning enabled Johnson County to score twice and grab a 4-3 advantage late in the contest.
But disaster struck in the following frame.
Stacy Greer came on in relief of Icenhour on the mound and fanned the first two batters. But on the second one the ball got by the catcher, allowing the tying run to reach first. Kyler Lewis would single later in the inning that put the Dogs back up 5-4.
Bragg led the Longhorns with a pair of hits and two RBI’s. Stacy Greer, Asa Lewis, Parsons, Icenhour, Austin and Rice added one apiece.
Parker Henry, Morgan Lyons, Vines, Lewis and Brody Hicks had one hit apiece for the Bulldogs.
Josh Owens pitched six strong innings for the Dogs before being relieved by Lewis to start the seventh. He was credited with the win.
Stacy Greer suffered the loss in relief of Icenhour.
“It’s frustrating when you lose a game and know you’ve played well,” added Crews. “Give Hampton credit. They got the clutch hits when they had to.”
Johnson County 21
The Longhorns scored early and often in their win at Cloudland on Monday.
Mason Bragg blasted out three hits and three RBIS to lead the way. Josh Austin and Seth Conder had two hits apiece. Stacy Greer was 1-1. Asa Lewis, Nate Rice, Isaac Roark, Ethan Icenhour and Zack Parsons all had a hit in the win.