By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County got slightly derailed by Vance Middle School last week but managed to get back on track with a conference win at Hampton. The Longhorns scored early and often in a 17-0 victory over the Lady Bulldogs on
The Lady Longhorns held a 3-0 lead after two innings but broke the game open with a seven-run third.
Head coach Greg Reece touched on the play of his middle school squad.
“We played pretty well today,” said Reece. “It took a little time to adjust to the pitching speed after play Vance last week. We emphasize being flexible at the plate and being aggressive on the bases, so you have to adjust. Hampton has a new staff, and the players and parents are enthusiastic. They played pretty well on defense, but our girls definitely had the advantage in terms of experience.”
The Longhorns took a 1-0 lead in the first after Jayla Gregg singled and scored.
They added two more in the second inning after Sydni Potter and Autumn Shepherd had singled. Autumn Lewis slapped a run-scoring double while Sarah Rider followed with an RBI single to up their advantage at 3-0.
Johnson County upped their advantage at 10-0 by scoring seven times in the third.
Lewis slapped a two-run single, and Hannah Fritts contributed the second one as the Horns batted around and collected eight base hits in the inning.
The Longhorns kept pouring it on with seven more runs over the next two frames.
Faith Walsh highlighted the fourth inning by delivering a two-run single.
Fritts roped a bases-loaded double in the fifth for her fifth RBI in the game.
Fritts finished the game by going 2-for-2 with five RBI’s. Gregg had a monster game going 4-for-4 with five runs scored from her leadoff slot. Walsh had had three hits and drove in four runs. Haley Cox was 3-for-3 as was Sarah Rider with an RBI and run scored. Shepherd and Lewis each had two hits.
Haley Rider pitched a gem for the Longhorns allowing just five hits. She also struck out five batters.
“We got good production up and down the lineup from everyone,” added Reece. Hailey pitched a great game, and we played well defensively.”
JCHS 127 34 – 17 14 1
Hampton 000 00 – 0 5 1
Johnson Co. 11
Watauga Co. 0
The middle school picked up another big win over Watauga from Boone, North Carolina on Friday.
The Longhorns led 5-0 after four but blew the game open with a six-run fifth inning.
Hailey Rider pitched four innings, allowing just three hits to earn the win. Autumn Lewis closed it out in the fifth.
Faith Walsh had an inside-the-park home run in the second to get Horns on the board. She just missed
hitting for the cycle going 3-for-3 with a double and
three RBI’s. Sarah Rider was 3-for-3 with a triple and double. Jayla Gregg provided two hits and three RBI’s. Haley Rider had a two-run double, and Sydni Potter smacked a two-bagger. Autumn Shepherd and Autumn went 1-for-2 apiece.
“We knew this would be a tighter game than our first once with them,” said manager Greg Reece. “Their pitcher got us swinging at a lot of high stuff early one. Faith had the home run in the second that got us going.
Hailey Rider and Autumn Lewis pitched great for us today.”
Watauga Co. 000 00 – 0 5 1
JCHS 013 16 – 11 12 0