By Tim Chambers
The middle school Longhorns bounced back in super-ball fashion to pick up a conference win on Thursday. They clobbered Unaka 21-1 in a three-inning home affair.
Josh Austin had an RBI single in the first inning that resulted in the Horns taking a 3-0 advantage. They blew the game wide open by scoring 11 times in the second inning.
Isaac Roark had a bases-loaded triple that brought home three. Ethan Icenhour belted two hits in the inning. Mason Bragg, Seth Conder, Stacy Greer and Asa Lewis all had base hits in the inning.
The third frame was almost a duplicate of the second inning until the game was stopped after Johnson County went up by 20.
Bragg, Conder, Stacy Greer, Austin, Zack Parsons and Trey Snyder collected base hits. Ethan Icenhour added his third consecutive one.
Icenhour led the Longhorns at the plate going 3-4. Greer, Austin, Bragg and Condor provided two hits apiece.
Zack Parsons picked up the win on the mound for Johnson County. He allowed only two hits and struck out eight of the 14 batters he faced.
Carr had the only two hits for the Rangers.
“We swung the bats well from the get-go,” said JCMS’ head coach Julian Crews. “Unaka is in a rebuilding stage but we did hit it well. It was good to get back on the winning track.