Johnson City National stymies C.C. American

By Wes Holtsclaw

   Johnson City National entered its David's Trophies Invitational matchup Thursday evening against Carter County American wanting to advance forward.
   After two powerful innings of offense backed with an Aaron Guernsey no-hitter, National dismantled American with a 12-0 victory in four innings at Jim Ensor Field.
   Guernsey was close to a perfect game. He threw eight strikeouts in his performance; however, he hit a batter in the bottom of the fourth.
   National stepped up with its power stroke early behind Guernsey and his brother Nick. Aaron singled to start National off in the first, and was scored from Nick's single to give Johnson City the 1-0 advantage.
   Johnson City found its zone in the second inning. King Kitt singled to start National off, followed by three consecutive walks.
   Aaron Guernsey singled in Brandon Bradley, J.J. Jones and Cody Metcalf, and scored himself on an errored bat from Nick Guernsey.
   A Nat Patterson sacrificed fly scored Nick, giving Johnson City the 7-0 lead.
   Carter County American struck National hard with a solid defensive effort in the third inning, but Johnson City came alive again in the fourth inning.
   Jackson Farmer made his way around the bases on errors with an Aaron Guernsey fielder's choice to start things off for National.
   Nick Guernsey walked on to load the bases, when Brandon Massey sent a shot to right-center field, doubling with three RBIs to his credit.
   King Kitt errored in Massey, and made his way around the bases with an in park score, leading National to a 12-0 lead.
   American had one last shot as Adam Colbaugh reached on an error, but it wouldn't be enough as National took the 12-0 win in four innings.
   The second game of the evening between Johnson City Major and Daniel Boone ended in a forfeit, with Boone taking the victory.
   Another round of games today will set up semifinal matchups on Saturday afternoon.