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JCMS Baseball defeats Providence for third place

The JCMS Baseball Team finished its season Saturday and left the 2011 campaign on a good note.
The Longhorns defeated Providence Academy 9-5 to take third place in the Little Watauga Baseball Conference Tournament at Hampton High School.
It was a back and forth affair, but JCMS hit when it needed to and ended up pulling off the win.
It was a balanced hitting attack as Payton Fenner led the way with two hits while Cody Bailie, Alex Tressler, Jake Greer, Ty Robinson and Logan Sargent all had one.
“We're young and we have six seventh graders in the starting lineup so we're a young club,” JCMS head coach Julian Crews said. “I feel like the eighth graders stepped up the last couple of innings and made a difference.”
This was the last middle school game of any kind for the eighth graders and they're a group that has been nothing but great to be around for Coach Crews.
“They've got great character and there are no discipline issues,” Crews said. “They listen and they're very coachable, so the high school is getting a good group of boys.”
Crews was glad to see the boys respond after a loss to Hampton a couple of days before.
“We got key hits in key situations,” Crews said. “It was a total team effort.”
In the opening game against Unaka, the Longhorns scored nine runs in the fourth to win 13-3.
Ty Robinson was the winning pitcher, striking out three.
Harley Stout went 4-for-4 with five RBIS and two runs scored while Payton Fenner and Samuel Icenhour each scored three runs.
The Longhorns had 10 hits on the day.
In addition to Stout's big day, Payton Fenner, Samuel Icenhour, Cody Bailie, Brandon Vannoy, Warren Kerley and Eric Ward each had a hit apiece.
In the semifinals, JCMS put up a valiant effort in a 9-8 loss to Hampton.
Hampton took the lead with four runs in the third and then held off JCMS.
JCMS left 10 men on base.
Harley Stout was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Warren Kerley was 1-for-2 with two RBIs while Justin Pardue, Samuel Icenhour, Payton Fenner and Alex Tressler each had one hit.
On April 23, JCMS won 15-2 and 13-0 over Cloudland
On April 26, JCMS lost to Happy Valley 12-4
On May 2, JCMS lost to regular season champion Hampton 7-5
The Longhorns finish the season at 12-6 overall with many of these kids coming back next year.