By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
The chilly temperatures couldn’t cool off the red hot middle school Longhorns on Friday at Hampton. JCMS broke open a close game by scoring 13 times in the third inning that vaulted them to a 24-7 victory over Hampton on the Bulldog’s diamond.
The game was a close contest over the first two frames with Johnson County holding a slim 7-5 advantage. That’s when the wheels fell off the wagon for the Bulldogs.
“We just wanted to come out and set the pace early, and we did that, but the weather conditions made things a little difficult,” said JCMS’ head coach Greg Reece. “We struggled a little getting ahead in the count, but we hit very well again. Emmy Miller had an inside-the-park HR, and then Jayla Gregg hit one out (her second of the year) in the second inning. Overall we did a good job of hitting, running the bases, and moving runners around.”
Miller was 2-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Gregg blasted out three hits and drove in four runs.
But they were several others who stepped up as well.
Maddie Edington had a monster game, 2-for-3 with six RBIs. Cassidy Lakatos was 4-5 with three runs scored. Jenna Horner, (4-4, 4 runs) and Sydni Potter (4-4, 3 RBIs) each played a big role. Faith Walsh and Paige Knight had two hits each and scored three times.
“We’ve played a very competitive non-conference schedule to prepare us for league play,” added Reece. “We’ve got Unaka on Thursday. Things will get very competitive in conference over the last half of the season. Barring any more injuries, we should be right in the thick of the race.”
Montana Pugh and Haley Cox were 1-2 each with a run scored for the Longhorns.
Madison Satlock led the Bulldogs going 2-3 with five RBIs. Bailey Andrews was 2-2 with a run scored. Sara Orr drove in a run and was 1-1. Destiny Milhorn, Sophia Cable, Haley Taylor, Maggie Dugger, Kamaria Perkins and Bella Brown each had a hit for the Dogs.
DeAnna Younce went the distance on the mound for JCMS to earn the win.
JCMS 30 University High 0
The young and inexperienced Junior Bucs were no match for the Longhorns who scored early and often in their lopsided victory.
“University School is down a little and they struggled to field a team this year,” said Reece. “We played everyone that came so that was a good thing.”
Maddie Edington had four hits to lead the way. Emma Miller and Sydni Potter added three hits apiece. Hailey Rider and Jenna Horner each had a pair of hits and scored four times.
JCMS is now 3-0 in conference play, 11-2 overall.