Johnson County played a big role in Fridays Fellowship of Christian Athletes Baseball All-Game hosted at King University in Bristol. A matchup between East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, the game featured some of the best talent from around the region while at the same time promoting the Christian faith. JCHS Assistant Coach and JV Head Coach Nicholas Perkins was once again asked to take the helm for the Tennessee team, which included players from nine different clubs as well as the Longhorns own Adam Worley.
Its an honor, Perkins said about the experience. Its humbling. The greatest victory I could ever have as a coach would be God using me to play a small part in bringing players to Him. This is an event that is unapologetically Christian. The emphasis first and foremost is on Jesus Christ and the Christian faith. We had devotion at practice Thursday at the Diamond Elite baseball facility in Bristol and then Gary Maggard, who coordinates the entire event, shared a devotion with the Virginia team as well as our team prior to the game Friday. The game is very much secondary.
While the FCA organizes numerous games, this all-star match up in particular is one of the few that incorporates active high school players and not just graduates or players who eligibility has expired. That said, there was a second game played later in the evening that featured only 2014 graduates, with Johnson Countys Sam Thomas among them.
For their part both Thomas and Worley had strong showings, with Sam going three for three and pitching a scoreless inning that helped his team go on to win 10-3. Tennessee did not fare so well in the earlier game, despite a strong start that saw a 3-3 tie by the second inning. The turning point came when Perkins put in reigning Three Rivers Conference Pitcher of the Year, BJ Murray from Sullivan East.
Although Murray has done a fantastic job throughout the regular season for the Patriots something was certainly off during the All-Star game, and after giving up five runs in the third inning Tennessee found themselves down 8-3. Despite the best efforts of the defense, Virginia was able to put up a few late inning runs that also went unanswered to wrap up with an 11-3 win.
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