By Tim Chambers
The threat of rain couldn’t stop the Johnson County Little League from getting in two games of baseball Thursday night at Cunningham Park in Mountain City.
The first-place Dodgers were upset by the Braves 10-8 while the Dawgs moved into a tie for the top spot with a come-from-behind 21-10 victory over the Marlins.
The final game between the Braves and Dodgers was tighter than two elephants trying to squeeze into a 1970s phone booth. The Bravos scored a quartet of runs in the third and fourth frames, then held off a late surge by the league leaders to earn the win.
Both teams were minus one of their all-star players, yet several stepped up and gave all star performances.
“That was a huge win for us because our team’s been struggling a bit,” said assistant coach Ethan Proffitt, filling in for manager Brad Reece. “Our pitchers threw strikes and our defense played great. Everything just worked out for us.”
The Dawgs stayed on the first-place porch with the Dodgers by pounding the “Fishes” in five. They scored a dozen times in the fifth inning to break open a game that was tied at 10-10.
“These kids have not given up all year long,” said manager Buddy Throop of the Dawgs. “They battled hard all year long. Tonight they did the same thing. I pleased with the win and that we get to play for first place on Saturday.”