By Tim Chambers
It’s been tough sledding for the middle school Longhorns over the past couple of weeks but two conference wins got them back on track. They knocked off Happy Valley 7-3 on Tuesday, then got by Hampton 9-4 on Friday.
Johnson County 7
Happy Valley 3
The Longhorns avenged an earlier loss to the Warriors by picking up a four-run victory. This time the Horns struck often and early.
Three singles by Cassidy Lakatos, Emmy Miller and Jayla Gregg would score Maddie Edington in the first inning. Miller and Gregg crossed the dish and Faith Walsh added a big base hit to put Johnson County on top 3-0.
They added two more runs in the second inning to extend their lead at 5-0. Sydni Potter and Haley Rider both singled and scored on base hits by Edington and Miller.
Happy Valley scored their lone two runs in the third but it wouldn’t be enough.
Miller singled and scored in the sixth to put the game away.
“We have had this one circled on the calendar,” said JCMS’ head coach Greg Reece. “We really did not play well against the Warriors at home. We had too many errors, base-running mistakes and were just flat, but we had a little bit of fire in our eyes tonight. You could see the intensity get turned up. Tonight was much better, and we are getting back on course just in time for the conference tournament.”
Miller led the Longhorns going 3-3. Potter was 2-2 with a run scored. Edington, Lakatos, Gregg, Walsh, and Rider added one hit apiece.
Johnson County 9
The Longhorns erupted for seven runs in the first two innings to knock off rival Hampton 9-4.
Jayla Gregg and Emmy Miller went 3-4 to lead the way. Maddie Edington, Paige Knight and Haley Rider added two hits each. DeAnna Younce went 1-2 with an RBI.
Maddie Satlock had three hits for the Bulldogs. Sophia Able, Bridgett Heaton, Sarah Orr and Maggie Dugger added two hits apiece.
The Longhorns used RBI singles by Emmy Miller, Jayla Gregg and Paige Knight to go up 2-0 in the first. Run scoring singles by Maddie Edington, Miller and Gregg would highlight the second inning.
Head coach Greg Reece was happy with his team’s victory.
“It was a good night because we won and all of our eighth graders got significant playing time,” said Reece. “They really are a great group and they work extremely hard. Hallie Reece pitched well for us tonight and got the win. She has been a big part of our success this year.”
Reece went on to add.
“We hit pretty well, and we did what we had to do to generate runs.
“We knew that Hampton would keep it interesting and they did. Kim Andrews and her staff do a good job.”