By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Trying to knock off Cloudland for the third time this season proved to be like trying to pick up a prize duck at the local carnival. They tried for seven innings but came up second best.
The Junior High Longhorns fell 11-9 on Friday in the semifinals of the league tournament played at Unaka Elementary School. But they didnt go down without a fight.
The Longhorns had been on the winning side of two one-run games during the regular season. Only this time the shoe was on the other foot.
Weve been battling injuries and illness all week and it finally caught up with us, said JCMS head coach Greg Reece. Cloudland has really improved. Theyre a young team but a good team. We dug ourselves too big a hole, down 11-2, and couldnt quite come back. But Im proud of our kids for the way they fought. We brought the tying run to the plate in the last inning. I believe we would have won had there been another inning.
The Longhorns were first to dent the scoreboard. Hannah Brooks drove in Bella Miller with a single to give JCMS a 1-0 lead.
Cloudland came back to go up 3-1 in the second frame.
Gracie Cook and Kenzie Birchfield had back-to-back doubles that tied the score. The trio of Leah Birchfield, Jasmine Birchfield and Kali Bare would follow with key base hits to put the Highlanders on top to stay.
The Longhorns picked up a run in the second without a base hit but Cloudland answered with another pair in the third.
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