By Tim Chambers
A two-week drought without games didn’t damper the effort of JCMS against Sullivan North. The Junior Longhorns blasted out 10 hits in their 15-5 win over the Golden Raiders.
Ethan Icenhour, Stacy Greer and Seth Condor held the North batters in check during their stints on the mound.
Icenhour pitched 2 1/3 innings to get the win. Greer gave up on two hits and Condor retired the six batters he faced in order to close the game.
“It was a great effort by everyone,” stated head coach Julian Crews. I thought did a great job of jumping on them early. We hit the ball well and scored in almost every inning. That put some pressure on them.”
Zack Parsons got the Horns on the board early with an RBI single in the second inning to put JCMS up 1-0.
They upped the ante at 7-0 with a 6-run second inning.
Isaac Roark had the big blow when his hard liner with the bases loaded got dropped allowing three Longhorns to score. Parsons had an RBI single in the third and Condor a run scoring double in the fourth.
The biggest blow can in the sixth.
Mason Bragg’s run scoring single got the party started. Parsons ended it with a bases loaded base hit that brought home three runs.
Parsons led the way going 3-4 with five RBIs. Roark was 3-4 with three RBIs. Seth Condor was 1-1 with two runs scored. Greer was 1-2 with an RBI and three runs scored. Bragg and Asa Lewis had the other two hits.
“I told our kids that this probably wouldn’t be the last time they saw North,” added Crews. “It’s great when you can play teams that the high school teams do. You always want to know how you stack with them. I thought we stacked up well today.”
University School 12
Johnson Co. Middle 9
Stacy Greer’s inside the park three-run homer wasn’t enough for JCMS to hold off University School who won 12-9.
Greer’s blast was a one-hopper that bounced off the centerfield fence that allowed them to lead briefly.
Greer, Asa Lewis, Seth Condor and Zack Parson had two hits apiece for the Longhorns. Nate Rice, Isaac Roark and Mason Bragg added one each.
“We outhit them 11-9 but couldn’t get the clutch hit when we needed it,” said Crews. “We hit it hard at times but couldn’t get the bounces to go our way. UH has a very good team do I was pleased with our effort knowing we started only two eighth graders.
Greer and Parsons picked up three RBIs each.
The Longhorns will play Cloudland and Hampton on Thursday and Friday. The Highlanders’ contest will be at home while Friday’s contest is at Hampton High School.