By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
BRISTOL—The magical run for Johnson County’s 9-10-year-old All-Star team came to a halt in District play at the hands of Johnson City American and Johnson County Nationals at Bristol’s Fairview Little League Park on Friday. They fell to the Nationals 12-2 in the winner’s bracket finals then lost 13-1 to Johnson City American who went on to win the tournament and advanced to the state tournament.
JC Nationals 12
Johnson County 2
Johnson County held the lead for two-plus innings before the Nationals would take control of the game.
Eli Tester singled in the second inning and moved to third on a base hit by Ethan Smith. Tester scored on a wild pitch to put the Horns on top 1-0.
The Nationals tied the game in the bottom half on back-to-back base hits by Davis Britt and Gabriel Riddle.
Johnson County regained the upper hand in the following frame with a couple of timely hits. Isaac Lewis led off with a double then scored on a single by Chris Canter.
That would be their final run as the Nationals sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom half which led to 10 runs. The ended the game in the following frame.
Lewis had a pair of hits to lead Johnson County. Canter, Juan Mejia, Tester and Smith provided one apiece.
Britt, Ty Young and Jabriel Fain banged out two hits each to lead the Nationals.
Johnson City Americans 13
Johnson County 1
The Longhorns were short-handed in their final game against the Americans with only nine players available for action.
Kaden Blevins and Braxton Bragg had the only base hits in the game for the Longhorns.
Johnson County scored their lone run in the third. Landon Greene was hit by a pitch and later came home on Chris Canter’s groundout.
Carson Jennings and Kaden Blevins had a pair of good defensive plays in the infield for the Longhorns. Juan Mejia made a nice over-the-shoulder catch in centerfield that kept two runs from scoring.
The Americans scored six times in the second inning to go up 7-0. They ended the game in the fourth by putting another five runs on the board.
Mason Francis and Sam Royston had two hits each for the Americans.
“I can’t stress enough how proud that we coaches are of the effort that our kids put forth in this tournament,” said Johnson County’s All-Star manager Charlie Jennings. “We played well when we won our first two games down at Boone but just couldn’t get it going over here. It’s been a long time since Johnson County has won the zone so that was a big accomplishment for our kids. We also want to thank our fans who came out each night to cheer them on. It was a good experience for everyone.”