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Johnson County Middle School baseball this week

The Jr. Longhorns ran their record to 4-0 on the young season with two victories last week. JCMS blanked T.A. Dugger Middle School 10-0 and handed Unaka Middle School a 12-1 loss. The Longhorns have outscored their opponents 44-1 during their current four game winning streak.
Johnson County Middle School opened the week on the road visiting the Jr. Cyclones. Like the week before, JCMS pinned a 10-0 decision to the Elizabethton team.
Nick Whitener took the bump for Johnson County. Whitener scattered four hits in five innings of work for the complete-game shutout. He finished with the contest with seven strikeouts.
Brandon Vannoy ignited the offense in the first inning with a two-run double to left center to put the Horns on the board. Singles by Sam Icenhour and Cody Bailie put runners on base for Alex Tressler who lined a shot down the third-base line scoring two. After one inning of play, JCMS had the early 6-0 lead.
The hit parade continued in the second inning with Payton Fenner starting the inning off with a single followed by Icenhour with a double and Logan Sargent with a single. The Jr. Longhorns finished the frame with three runs on three hits.
Nick Whittener would drive in the remaining run in the fifth inning with an RBI single. The game was called after five innings due to a ten-run lead. JCMS finished the game with ten runs on twelve hits.

JCMS continued their dominance at home with an impressive 12-1 win over the Jr. Rangers of Unaka Middle School. The game marked the conference opener for the Longhorns and the home team did not disappoint.
Logan Sargent toed the pitching rubber for the Horns. Sargent battled through a bases loaded and no out situation in the second inning to secure his second win of the season. He finished the night striking out six batters while only yielding three hits in four innings of work. Brandon Vannoy pitched the final inning of the game striking out two batters.
The Longhorns were led offensively by Payton Fenner and Cody Bailie with two hits each. Brandon Vannoy finished the game with one hit while scoring three runs. A two-run single by Caleb Troop in the second started a seven-run inning which was all Johnson County needed to put away the Jr. Rangers.

Monday March 19 JCMS defeated Hampton 17-3 to move to 3-0 on the season. Brianna Snyder faced 16 batters allowing 2 hits, struck out 2 and allowed 1 earned run.
Jayme Jennings’ inside the park HR, was the offensive highlight. Amanda Potter was 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs, Bailey Spencer was 3 for 4 and Tiffany Price and Jennings each had 3 RBIs to pace the Lady ‘Horns. “We had a couple of errors early that put us in a 2 -0 hole, but the girls really responded,” Coach Reece said of the game. “We hit the ball really well today and that is encouraging. This is a great way to start off our conference schedule, but we haven’t really proven much yet. This Friday we will see an Avery County squad that will be back at full strength and Saturday will be very challenging with four games in one day. We have to continue improving, and be ready to play from the first pitch.”

Hampton’s JV squad, led by the pitching of Kourtney Tolley beat JCMS’ JV’s 14-11.
Michala Cretsinger was 3 for 4, and Carlyn Eggers had 3 RBIs as the JV’s rally fell short.
Caitlin Leonard allowed 8 hits, but 5 errors on defense were hard to overcome.
“The JV’s are really showing a lot of progress,” said Coach Reece. “They played one inning against Avery County and in the Ridgeview PreSeason Tournament they lost to Lamar’s varsity. As we start conference play they will start getting more games and more time on the field. There is nothing better than game experience.”
Coach Reece also added a special thanks to Amy Potter for keeping stats for the team.

Friday, March 23 JCMS Varsity softball defeated Avery County before a big crowd at Avery County High School field. A rainstorm temporarily delayed things while an umpire crew could be found. The assigned crew left during the rain just as the JCMS team was nearing the field. The Avery County High School program provided umpires so that the scheduled game could be played.
“We want to thank Avery County for their great hospitality and desire to work out a way to play today,” said Coach Greg Reece. “The Avery High has great facilities, and even greater people. I can’t say enough about how much they improved over the last couple of weeks.
“We did not play great today, but we found a way to get it done when the game was on the line. Brianna Snyder pitched great for us, and we got some big time hits from Courtney Wilson and Tasha Walsh to get the second and seventh inning rallies started.”
Brianna Snyder (pitching): allowed three hits, and one earned run, walked one, struck out 7, Caitlin Leonard struck out one while allowing four runs.
Batting: Tasha Walsh, Courtney Wilson and Amanda Potter each had two hits in the game, Kelsie Terrill, Brianna Snyder and Tiffany Price each had one hit each. Caitlin Leonard had two RBIs.

Saturday March 24 JCMS finished fourth in the Cherokee High School Sponsored Middle School Tournament.
Stats for the game were not available at press time.
“We saw some excellent pitching over the weekend and learned a lot about ourselves down in Rogersville,” said Coach Reece. “I expect that it will really benefit us as we resume conference play on Thursday at Unaka.”