By Tim Chambers
Johnson County started the game with a “Big Bang.” It was more than enough needed to knock off University School.
The Longhorns prevailed on eighth grade night 17-0 before a good-sized crowd at Bob Kirksey Field. Natalie Winters set the tone early.
She blasted an inside-the-park home run to deep left field that swung the momentum in JCMS’ favor. They continued to swing the bats for 16 more runs.
The game lasted only three innings.
Emily Garr tossed a one hitter with seven strikeouts. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the hitting. Adrian Hall was also 3-for-3. Alexis Headley, Hannah Brooks and Diamond Dibble were 2-for-2 each. Winters and Hazlee Kleine and Olivia Dixon went 1-for-1. Tiffany Price and Josi Roark were 2-for-3.
Price, Hall and Headley each had doubles.
Johnson County 1
The Highlanders (15-0) remained undefeated with their 4-1 win over Johnson County in Roan Mountain on Tuesday. But this one wouldn’t be decided until the final out.
The game was a classic pitcher’s duel between Cloudland’s Lenzie Birchfield and Johnson County’s Hannah Brooks.
Birchfield allowed just one hit and struck out 13. Brooks fanned 10. None of the runs she gave up were earned.
Johnson County scored one lone run in the fifth inning. Abby Cornett’s infield fly ball got misplayed allowing Tiffany Price to score who had reached on a passed ball strikeout.
But they would give back that one plus three more.
Three costly errors and Lenzie Birchfield’s single led to three unearned runs. It was a frustrating loss for JCMS’ head coach Greg Reece.
“It’s a hard pill to swallow when we had our chances,” said Reece. “Hannah pitched a great game, both pitchers did. They made the plays when they needed to and we didn’t. We also didn’t hit the ball when we needed to.”
Natalie Winters had the lone base hit for Johnson County. Marlee Hughes, Leah Birchfield and Lenzie Birchfield had one hit each for Cloudland.