By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson Countys Little League All-Star quest in downtown Erwin proved to be a Nightmare on Elm Street for the future Longhorns. The boys gave it a valiant effort but couldnt muster the hits needed to make the games close.
They fell 16-0 to a very talented Bristol squad on Saturday, then dropped an 11-0 decision to Erwin on Sunday.
The Longhorns managed to hang around on Sunday behind a gusty pitching performance in relief by Stacy Greer. But their inability to hit with runners on base would allow Erwin to later break the game open.
We left the bases loaded in the fourth inning and had a couple more on and couldnt score in the third, said manager Donald Greer. We simply left too many men on base and you cant do that at this level. We failed to bring our bats this weekend.
Greer was money on his assessment.
Their lone hit came on a single by Seth Conder in the fourth. It was the second consecutive day that could manage only one hit.
Petie Pavusek had a single against Bristol and got robbed of extra base hit on a spectacular catch by Maykal Jones. But it didnt take away from the hustle and heart they showed.
The team was simply outclassed in the first game.
Bristol turned around the following day and defeated Johnson City 12-2, the same team that crushed Erwin by 12 on Saturday.
They fell behind in the first inning 2-0 and it could have been more had it not been for Timothy Grindstaffs great play at short to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Greer relieved Dylan Simcox in the second and held them in check for two frames.
Erwin doubled their 3-0 advantage by scoring three more in the fourth. Bryson Peterson smacked a two-run single and Tyler Clouse had an RBI double.
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