By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
A wet field and threats of more rain couldn’t prevent the junior high Longhorns from logging another victory on Tuesday. Johnson County Middle School scored seven times in the first inning that led to their 11-0 win over Avery County Middle School.
The Horns won their third game of the year without a loss behind the pitching of Asa Lewis and the clutch hitting of Josh Austin, Zack Parsons, and Ethan Icenhour.
Head coach Julian Crews was short but precise when commenting on the game.
“Our kids are playing very good baseball at present,” said Crews. “Our hitting is coming around, and we’re clicking on all cylinders. I still see some things we need to work on that will make us a better baseball team. We’re playing very well at times, but there is always room for improvement.”
Crews would have found it hard to improve on the Longhorns’ first inning. The put seven runs on the board to go up 7-0 after retiring the Vikings in order in the top half.
Josh Austin got things started with an RBI single scoring Seth Conder who had walked. Zack Parson delivered a run-scoring base hit bringing home Ethan Icenhour who had singled.
The Longhorns were able to bat around with Icenhour logging two hits in the inning. They also took advantage of some walks and wild pitches that helped them grab an early advantage.
JCMS extended their lead to 9-0 in the second inning.
Trey Snyder blasted an RBI double scoring Parsons who had gathered his second base hit. Austin picked up his second RBI with a solid single that scored Snyder.
The Longhorns worked hard to make it an official game with the threat of more rain moving in rapidly.
Dalton Brown had a single and Snyder was hit by a pitch. That set the table for Austin and Peyton Pavusek who drove in both runners with RBI base hits that made it 11-0.
Asa Lewis pitched four scoreless innings for Johnson County before giving way to Parsons in the fifth. Lewis fanned six of the 17 batters he faced while allowing only two hits. Parsons got the final two out, one by way of a strikeout.
Austin led the hitting going 2-3 with three RBI’s. Parsons had two hits, and a pair of runs batted in. Icenhour was 2-3 and scored twice. Snyder, Conder, Brown, and Pavusek collected one hit each.
Avery County 000 00 – 0 2 0
Johnson Co. 729 2x – 11 10 2