By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
A sour start for Johnson County turned sweet when they reeled a baker’s dozen of consecutive runs against Cloudland. The junior high Longhorns coasted to a 13-2 win behind a rock solid pitching performance by seventh grader Zack Parsons and some timely hitting by a quartet of Longhorns.
Head coach Julian Crews was happy with his team’s play after running their season record to 4-2.
“We really came out and swung the bats well,” said Crews about his Longhorns. “Zack did a good job on the mound and we played well defensively behind him.”
Cloudland had taken a 2-0 lead in the first but the Horns battled back with three of their own in the bottom half.
Mason Bragg had a single and Preston Greer scored him with a fielder’s choice. Parsons and Seth Condor were able to reach and score, helping the Horns to a one run advantage.
Their lead ballooned in the next two frames as the Horns scored twice in both innings.
Dalton Brown singled to start the second inning and scored on Josh Austin’s double. He later came home on a two-bagger off the bat of Bragg.
Condor opened the third inning with a single and Parsons walked to get the ball rolling. Ethan Icenhour had a fielder’s choice that scored Condor, then Preston Greer singled in Parsons for a 7-2 advantage.
The Longhorns ended the game in style in the fifth inning after Parsons had held the Highlanders in check on the mound.
Five consecutive singles by Icenhour, Trey Snyder, Austin and Bragg set the stage for the game’s biggest hit.
Asa Lewis lifted a fastball deep in the gap for a two-run inside-the-park homerun that capped off a six-run inning and ended the game by way of the mercy rule.
Lewis finished with two hits and a pair of RBIs. Austin 3-3 and Bragg 3-4 led the Horns at the plate and provided two RBIs apiece. Preston Greer was 2-4 with a pair of runs batted in. Icenhour, Conder, Brown and Snyder each added a hit to the cause.
Parsons allowed just one hit, a single to Arnett in the first inning and struck out nine.
Crews said the team is vastly improving.
“We’re playing seven seventh graders and they’re getting better every game,” said Crews. “They’re fun to coach and they all play hard. I can see a difference now from when we first started.”
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Johnson Co. 322 06 – 13 14 2