By Tim Chambers
“Hammering” Hank Aaron dazzled Atlanta Braves fans for more than 20 years with some mammoth home runs inside the old Fulton County Stadium. “Hammering” Hannah Brooks did the same on Saturday in the Little Watauga Conference Championship game played at Unaka Elementary School. The soon-to-be freshmen helped JCMS top Cloudland 11-9 after losing twice to the Landers during the regular season.
And Brooks did more than her share
She blasted a towering two-run homer in the third inning to put Johnson County on top 4-0. Her double off the centerfield wall in the fourth sparked a five-run inning after Cloudland had tied the game with four in the third.
“Our team had the mindset to play inspired and win this championship game,” said Brooks. “We all believed that we could do it. Being able to battle back and take an 9-4 after they had tied it was huge. It feels great to bring home the championship. Our goal from the start was to win this game and we did.”
The Longhorns did dominate and never trailed in the game.
Johnson County scored solo runs in the first and second innings and did one better in the third.
Brooks drove in Alexis Headley who had singled in the first inning. Abby Cornett’s triple highlighted the second inning along with Emily Garr’s RBI groundout.
That set the stage for Brooks’ two-run homer with Headley aboard.
Cloudland took advantage of three throwing errors to score four times in the third. None of the runs were earned.
The Longhorns could have folded their tents but instead they rallied and got all the runs back plus one.
Emmy Miller walked and Natalie Winters was hit by a pitch. Headley’s run scoring single made it 5-4. A two-bagger by Brooks to the deepest part of the park allowed another one to score.
The dagger came after that.
Adrian Hall’s triple plated a pair of runners making it 8-4. Abby Cornett brought in the final run of the inning with a single to up the ante at 9-4.
Miller scored Johnson County’s final two runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
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