By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
JOHNSON CITY Johnson Countys explosive bats blew up Jonesborough in the 9-10-year-old Little League All-Star Zone Tournament at Arthur Lady Field on Monday. The Longhorns banged out 15 hits which led to a convincing 19-9 win.
The Longhorns got a combined 11 hits, 12 runs and 12 RBIs from their first four batters. They ended the game with some clutch pitching that would have made the late great Hardrock Shoun proud.
Our kids had confidence at the plate after hitting against some faster pitching this week, said manager Brad Reece. We didnt think they could throw it by us so our goal was to jump on them early. We hit the ball well especially at the top. They had trouble getting our first four batters out. But we had others who played well too.
The Horns came out hotter than a two-dollar pistol in the first inning. They sent 11 batters to the plate.
Graham Reece, Payton Pavusek, Mason Shankel, Zach Parsons and Dalton Robinson started it off with five consecutive singles and all would score. Austin Campbell had an RBI single. Reece would drive in a run with his second base hit in the inning. Dakota Holt and Ezra Howard drew walks which helped the cause.
Robinsons groundout in the second inning would drive home Shankel to extend their lead at 7-1.
A dozen runs split in half during the third and fourth frames would allow them to break the game open.
Campbells RBI triple plated Conner Simcox in the third to get things going. Reece had another run scoring base as did Pavusek who doubled off the centerfield fence.
Tanner Marshall and George Grill would come off the bench to draw walks and score sitting the stage for a wild and wacky fourth.
Reece got things going with his fourth base hit of the game. Parsons singled in a run as did Campbell. An RBI double by Simcox was the big blow.
Their hot hitting was complimented by two clutch pitching performances.
Parsons tossed the first two innings and allowed only one run. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first by recording a strikeout to end the fame.
He was credited with the win.
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