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Middle school Longhorns split a pair

JCMS’ Zack Parsons hit a grand slam home run and was the winning pitcher in their 17-5 win over Watauga. He also provided a double vs. Providence. Photo by Tim Chambers

By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County’s offense had the bats booming against Ashe County, but their defense let fans down in a loss to Providence.
They went on the road to score a 17-5 victory on Tuesday but dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 decision on Thursday.

Ashe County 5
Zack Parsons blasted a grand slam home run to lead Johnson County to a big win over the Bulldogs.
The Longhorns trailed 3-2 after one and was tied 3-3 going into the fourth. Parson’s blast would highlight a 12-run inning that blew the game wide open for the Horns.
“Zack’s definitely crushed one, and we hit the ball well in that inning,” said JCMS’ skipper Julian Crews. “We used four pitchers, and they all threw well. You have to watch every player’s pitch count because we needed all four to be ready for Providence. It was a big win for us.”
The Longhorns scored twice in the first inning on a two-run single by Trey Snyder scoring Seth Conder and Ethan Icenhour who had doubled and singled.
Conder added another two-bagger in the third that scored Josh Austin to put them in front 3-2, but Ashe would tie the game in the bottom half.
Johnson County’s fourth inning outburst saw a dozen Longhorns cross the dish. Dakota Holt and an RBI single and Asa Lewis crossed the dish twice, and Snyder had
his second run-scoring one-bagger.
Graham Reece drove in a run in their final at-bat to account for their 17 total.
Conder ended the contest with three hits including two doubles. Snyder and Holt added a pair of hits. Parsons was 1-2 with four RBI’s. Peyton Pavusek and Icenhour had one apiece.
A quartet of Longhorns took to the mound with Parsons picking up the win. Conder, Lewis, and Icenhour also got in on some mound duty.

JCMS 220 (12) 0 – 17 10 1
Watauga, NC 310 10 – 5
3 2
HR—Parsons (Grand slam 4th)

Providence 4
Providence scored four unearned runs to pick up their road victory on Thursday.
Johnson County scored three times in the first inning getting base hits from Seth Conder, Ethan Icenhour, and Asa Lewis along with an RBI double by Zack Parsons. But the news wasn’t good after that.
The Longhorns didn’t record another base hit until the final inning. Lewis doubled but they left him stranded to end the game.
“We didn’t get the key hits when we needed them,” said Coach Crews. “We had men on but left too many people in scoring position. “
Parsons suffered the loss despite not allowing an earned
Lewis led the hitting going 2-for-4. Parson and Conder provided one apiece.

Providence 003 010 0 – 4 6 3
JCMS 300 000 0 – 3 4 4