By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
JOHNSON CITY Johnson City Americans needed a miracle finish and they got it thanks to the 75-pitch count rule that Little League has for its 9-10 year old pitchers. They rallied from a 4-1 deficit with one out in the sixth inning to tie the game then won it 6-4 with a two-run seventh on Wednesday night at Arthur Lady Field.
The win gave them an automatic berth into Saturdays District Little League All-Star Tournament. Johnson County was to play Daniel Boone on Thursday.
JCA had trouble solving Longhorns ace pitcher Zack Parsons. The burley right-hander fired a no-hitter over five innings but ran out of pitches in the sixth after surrendering a one-out single.
Conner Simcox came on in relief but was the victim of three unearned runs.
A fly ball that would have ended the game appeared to get lost in the lights allowing JCA to tie the game at 4-4.
We scored in the first and got three more in the third, said Johnson Countys skipper Brad Reece.
We had the momentum throughout the game. Zack did an awesome job on the mound of shutting them down and the one run they scored off him was unearned. We had them where we wanted them. I felt bad for Zack, Conner and our whole team. We played our hearts out. It was just one of those things that happened. Had we made some plays early in the game we would have saved him some pitches. But Im proud of these kids for the effort they gave.
Johnson County jumped on top 1-0 in the first.
Graham Reece led off with a single and later scored on an error. It might have been more had Peyton Pavusek not been robbed of a base hit by the centerfielder Dawson Smith.
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