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Middle School softball shows strength

It was a pretty good week for the middle school
softball Longhorns as they picked up a pair of wins but lost two heartbreaking one-run games.
They defeated Watauga
Middle School on Thursday 6-2 in freezing temperatures before finishing third in
the silver division in a
tournament at Grandview
Elementary over the weekend.

Johnson Co. Middle 6
Watauga 2
BOONE—Chilly temperatures didn’t stop Johnson County from pulling out a victory over Watauga Middle School on Thursday.
Hannah Fritts amassed the crowd by striking out 16 Watauga batters while earning the win on the mound for the Horns.
Mattie Jones and Zennia Bouchelle had two hits apiece to lead the Lady Longhorns. Audrey Savery, Autumn Lewis, Autumn Shepherd, Amy Gunter, and Kendyle Kleine added one hit each.
“I thought that Hannah pitched a great game and we got some big hits when we needed them,” said JCMS’ head coach Haley Miller. “It was very cold, but our girls didn’t quit. This was a good win for us.”

Grandview 3
Johnson Co. Middle 2
The Longhorns fell victim to the shortened 50 minute time limit and lost a close game that it looked like they would win. Fritts pitched another great game allowing only five hits.
The Longhorns had five hits total. Fritts, Maddie Jones, Audrey Savery, Amy Gunter, and Zennia Bouchelle had one hit
Savery drove in both of Johnson County’s runs. Only one of Grandview’s runs was earned.

Liberty Bell 10
Johnson Co. Middle 6
Johnson County took a much larger Liberty Bell team down to the wire before failing 10-6 in their second game. Autumn Lewis started on the mound for the
Longhorns but gave way to Hannah Fritts who closed it out.
The Longhorns banged out nine base hits. Fritts
and Lewis had a pair of
base hits each with two RBI’s. Zennia Bouchelle also swatted two base
hits. Maddie Jones, Audrey Savery, and Amy Gunter
provided one hit apiece, while Savery and
Gunter also had an RBI respectively.
Johnson Co. Middle 13
Lamar 11
The Longhorns went on a hitting spree to outscore Lamar 13-11 to pick up their first win in the Grandview Tourney. They had a season-high 16 hits in their victory.
Maddie Jones started on the mound for the Lady Longhorns. Autumn Lewis came on to close and record the save.
Jones had a good day at the plate with three hits. Lewis added two hits and three RBI’s, while Hannah Fritts, Autumn Shepherd, Aubrie Baird, and Amy Gunter collected two hits and two RBI’s each.
Audrey Savery had a two-hits-day and an RBI, while Kendyle Kleine logged a base hits and an RBI.

Bluff City 12
Johnson Co. Middle 11
The Longhorns fell to Bluff City by one run despite collecting 14 hits in the contest.
Autumn Shepherd, Zennia Bouchelle and Aubrie Baird had two hits and two RBI’s each to lead the Longhorns. Maddie Jones and Audrey Savery had a pair of hits each and drove in a run. Fritts and Gunter had a base hit and RBI each. Kendyle Kleine had the final hit for the Lady Longhorns.
Coach Miller summed up their weekend on the diamond.
“With more time in each of these games, I feel that outcome would have been much different. We battled hard in each game and never gave up. Fielding errors contributed to part of our loss, but we did our best to make up for those errors in the batter’s box. All in all, I was not disappointed. We got much-needed practice in these games.”