By Tim Chambers
A team of Rangers couldn’t put the fire out started by Johnson County Middle School on Monday at Bob Kirksey Field. The Longhorns burnt Unaka for a dozen and a half runs en route to their 18-6 victory.
Their win set the stage for Tuesday showdown at Cloudland who currently holds a one game lead in league play. JCMS head coach Greg Reece was excited with the victory.
“I felt like our team played extremely well,” said Reece. “But there are a lot of big games remaining and Tuesday’s game at Cloudland could be the biggest. I’m hoping we can come out there like we did here today. This was a game that we needed to win. Unaka is always a tough team to beat.”
That’s been the norm in recent years but not on this day.
Natalie Winters led off with a single and scored on a triple by Alexis Headley. Hannah Brooks drove her in with a solid single giving them a 2-0 advantage.
The Horns would double their first inning run output to go up 6-0 after two frames.
Emily Garr got things started with a single and Emily Miller reached base safely from her nine spot in the order. Winters continued her smoking hot performance, blasting a two-run triple that put them up 4-0. Brooks and Headley would drive in the final two runs with a base hit apiece. A 6-0 advantage would double plus four in the following inning.
Serena Leonard led off the third with a base hit. Garr and Miller added back-to-back doubles and Winters provided them her third hit in the game.
The big blow came off the bat of Brooks whose “Babe Ruth” like shot left the park for a three-run homer. Headley followed that up with a run-scoring triple and Garr plated two more with a base hit. It was all over but the shouting at that stage.
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