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Johnson County Middle School softball plays well in Grandview Tourney

JCMS finished 4-1 in the Grandview Classic after dropping a 10-9 contest in the semifinals.
Front Row, L-R: Hailey Rider, Sarah Rider, Maddie Furchess, Kiyasha Clemons, Jayla Gregg, Hailey Cox, Deanna Younce, Sierra Hodge and Hailie Reece. 2nd Row, L-R: Montana Pugh, Paige Knight, Faith Walsh, Sydni Potter, Emmy Miller, Maddie Edington, Cassidy Lakatos, Jenna Horner, Morgan Murwin and Kristen Day.

By Tim Chambers

Johnson County played five games in the Grandview tournament and came out on top in four of them. Their only blemish was a 10-9 semifinals loss in a game where they played without their starting pitcher.
“Dianna Younce injured her knee on Friday so we didn’t have her on Saturday,” said JCMS’ head coach Greg Reece.
The Longhorns earned top seed in bracket play by going 3-0 including a win over Westview.

Johnson Co. 13
Ottway 12
Emmy Miller blasted a pair of inside the park homeruns to lead JCMS to their hard fought victory.
Hailey Rider pitched the entire game to earn the win.
Sydni Potter and Jayla Gregg had three hits each to lead the Lady Longhorns. Faith Walsh and Cassidy Lakatos added two hits apiece. Haley Cox and Maddie Edington each had a hit and scored twice. Miller finished with four RBIs.
“Being a little short on pitching during a tournament is difficult, but Hailie and Hailey did their jobs,” said JCMS’ head coach Greg Reece. “I could not be happier with the way they pitched today. Now at times we had some difficulties in the field during the Ottway game, but we played very good against Grandview. We just simply ran out outs in that game.”

Grandview 10
Johnson County 9
The Longhorns were hoping to defend their title in the championship game but Grandview spoiled their hopes by claiming a 10-9 victory. Reece felt like all the innings finally caught up with them.
“We played two extra inning games in two days, and it was a little draining mentally,” said Reece.  “But I told the team that I am responsible for that loss to Grandview because we should have walked Baldwin in the 7th inning. Even with that though, Jayla Gregg nearly made the play of the year in the outfield. Rider pitched great for us.”
Jayla Gregg led the way with three hits and three RBIs. Emmy Miller, Faith Walsh, Hailey Rider, Paige Knight and Cassidy Lakatos added two hits apiece. Maddie Edington and Sydni Potter had a base hit each.
The Longhorns led 8-3 midway in the game but couldn’t hang on.

JCMS 7
South Central 6
Sydni Potter and Cassidy Lakatos banged out three hits each to lead Johnson County middle to their nail biting win.
Maddie Edington added two hits and a pair of runs scored. Knight and Younce had a hit each.
Younce was also credited with being the winning pitcher.
“We knew that SC would be a tough matchup and they were,” said Reece. “They have a tough pitcher with good control, and some strong hitters. This was one of those games that you really worry about, we got a late start with the bus, a long ride down, then warm up was shortened. Then Deanna was affected a little by her ankle that she hurt against Sullivan North, but she pitched the whole game.”

JCMS 9
Ross Robinson 3
Maddie Edington, Faith Walsh, Jayla Gregg and Paige Knight had two hits each in JCMS big win over Ross Robinson. Emmy Miller, Sydni Potter, Hailey Rider, Cassidy Lakatos and Deanna Younce provided one hit apiece.
“Overall our kids played well,” stated Reece after the loss to Grandview. “I felt like we should have been in the finals but we accomplished a great deal by winning three times.”