JC’s Graham Reece fires a pitch in the second inning against Unicoi. Reece fanned three straight batters in the inning, but his team fell 8-4 in All-Star play. Photo by Tim Chambers

 

By Tim Chambers

BRISTOL—Johnson County had Erwin’s 11-12-year-old All-Stars on the hook but couldn’t reel them in on Saturday.
The boys from Unicoi County scored seven unanswered runs and walked away with an 8-4 victory at Fairview Little League Field.
Johnson County’s Graham Reece pitched well over four innings of work, but Johnson County’s defense crumbled in the fifth inning.
The Longhorns trailed 1-0 early in the game but took the lead on a three-run homer off the bat of Dalton Adams to go up 3-1.
Unicoi County tied the game in the third with a pair of runs then put the game away with a five-run fifth.
Johnson County scored a solo run in their last at-bat but couldn’t muster any offense over the final three frames.
Graham Reece and Nate King had the only other hits in the game for Johnson County aside from Adams’ 3-run dinger. Nate Dorman had the other RBI.

Zone 5 Little League
11-12 All Stars
Erwin 8, Johnson County 4

Johnson Co. 003 001— 4
Erwin 102 05x — 8