By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
KINGSPORT—JCMS’ head Coach Greg Reece said he was going to “beef” up the softball schedule for 2016. So far it’s consisted of playing some “prime cut” squads.
They held their own in a 9-5 loss at Colonial Heights on Friday and had a good shot at winning the game. But six errors led to a six-pack of unearned runs, spoiling their bid to get a huge win over the once beaten Chargers.
“Hannah (Brooks) pitched a great game but we made too many mistakes,” said Reece.
“They hit it well, but we didn’t make them earn what they got.”
That was the case in the third inning when they scored their first four runs.
Allie Jordan reached on a one-out error followed by consecutive singles from Faith Crisp and Abigail Compton. A walk, single and another miscue allowed Colonial Heights to take a 4-0 lead. But Johnson County would answer in their next at-bat.
Serena Leonard delivered a two-run base hit, scoring Alexis Hendley who had singled and Natalie Winters.
Emmy Miller would single and score in the following frame but the Chargers kept taking advantage of Johnson County’s charity.
Two walks, two errors and a hit batter led to five unearned runs in the fifth.
The Longhorns got an RBI double by Winters in the fifth and a run-scoring single from Adrian Hall to close out their scoring.
Brooks and Hendley had two hits each for JCMS. Leonard and Hall went 1-for-2 each with two RBIs. Winters had a run scoring double. Miller and Abby Cornett went 1-for-3 apiece.
Brooks struck out 10 batters in six innings of work.
JCMS will host T.A. Dugger on Thursday and Cloudland on Friday. Both games will be played on Bob Kirksey Field.