By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County Little League will send three teams to the Zone 1 All-Star tournaments and two of them will see action before Tuesday.
The 11-12 year old Stars will travel to Erwin on Saturday to play Bristol at 1 pm. The 9-10-year-old All-Star squad will open play on Monday at 8 pm. against Jonesborough at Arthur Lady Field in Johnson City.
The 7-8-year-old team will be idle until July 4.
Donald Greer will manage the 11-12-year-old squad assisted by Michael Icenhour, Larry Bones Grindstaff and Kevin Icenhour. The quartet worked well together leading the Dodgers to a third straight league title.
Greer likes the make-up of this years All-Star squad. He believes the team may be a little more balanced than in previous years.
Weve got a lot of good hitters but pitching should be our strong point, said Greer. Weve got several kids who have thrown well this season. Ive not decided with whom we will start but I think we might try and keep them under 20 or 35 pitches. That way we dont use them up for the tournament.
Little League rules say a player can pitch the next day if he throws 20 or less pitches the day before. He would need one days rest if he throws over 20 but stays at 35 or under.
Greer has one goal in mind for his team.
We would love to win the zone and see how far we could make it in the District, said Greer. I dont remember anyone doing that since Ive been in the Little League. It would be something special for these kids.
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