By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County got off to a fast start then kept the pedal to the metal against visiting Unaka for five innings. That enabled them to speed past the Rangers 15-2 on a cold and breezy Friday in Mountain City.
The win was highlighted by a dominant pitching performance from Zack Parsons and the red-hot hitting of Dalton Brown.
JCMS’ head coach Julian Crews summed up the game in brief detail. He said that their pitching and hitting pretty much was the key.”
“Zack pitched a great game today,” said Crews. “They only put four balls in play and he pretty much dominated. Zack threw hard, and Dalton Brown is just knocking the cover off of it. He’s currently hitting over .800, and Asa Lewis is hitting better than a .500 average. Parsons, Ethan Icenhour, Josh Austin and Trey Snyder are well over .400, so we’ve been able to score some runs. That was the case again against Unaka.”
Crews hit the nail on the head as the Horns scored six times in the first inning to go up 6-1.
Icenhour drove in Seth Conder with double to tie the game at 1-1. RBI singles from Lewis, Parsons, Brown, Austin and Dakota Holt highlighted the Longhorns’ hit parade.
A pair of doubles by Lewis and Brown in the second inning would extend their lead 7-1.
The Longhorns were able to score four times in the third and fourth innings that would put the game away.
They scored all their runs in the third with two outs. Conder doubled and scored on a single by Icenhour. Lewis, Parsons, and Snyder all collected RBI base hits that extended their advantage at 11-2.
Lewis had an RBI double in the fourth and Brown drove in the final run with his fourth hit of the game.
Parsons came on in relief of Lewis in the first inning and struck out 12 of the 14 outs that were recorded. He also had two hits and three RBI’s.
Brown led the Longhorns going 4-for-4 with three RBI’s. Lewis added three hits and batted in three runs. Icenhour had two hits and three RBI’s. Conder, Snyder, Austin, and Holt provided one hit each.
Devin Ramsey and Tee Sherrell had the only hits in the game for Unaka.
Unaka 1 01 00 – 2 2 1
Johnson Co. 6 1 4 4 X–15 15 0