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Junior Horns Run to the State Title Ends

By: Jerry Whitener

The game between Johnson County and Goodletsville was one of opportunities. Goodletsville took advantage of their opportunities and Johnson County did not.
Goodletsville scored five runs in the first inning, three of the runs coming after the Horns had gotten two outs and were on the verge of getting out of the inning with little damage. In the fourth inning Goodletsville put up six runs, with five of them coming with two outs. The back breaker was a seeing eye single between first and second base that kept the rally going.

Johnson County, on the other hand, could not get the big hit when they needed it as they were one for seven with runners in scoring position. They also took themselves out of two innings with base running mistakes. The final score of 11 to 1 could have been much closer.
Justin Pardue was three for three to lead the Junior Horns in hitting. Nick Whitener had a hit and scored the only Johnson County run. David Rozier drove Whitener in with an RBI single. On defense, Alex Tressler was outstanding in center field as he had six put outs, several on excellent running catches.

The Johnson County Junior Leaguers represented Johnson County and District Five very well by coming in fifth in the State. It is the best showing of a Little League sponsored team in recent memory and gained these players valuable experience.
Johnson County Little League would like to thank the sponsors who made the trip to Clarksville possible for the Junior Horns. They were Danny Herman Trucking, Elizabethton Federal, Farmers State Bank, Dr. Donald Tarr, Dr. Raina Sluder, Adams Pharmacy, Rush Oil, Johnson County Builders Supply, Johnson County EMS, Iron Mountain Construction, Big John’s Closeouts, Malcolm Howard, Sassy Kats, Humphrey Masonry and Hawkins Jewelry.