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Coach hoping tough games serve as learning experience

The Johnson County Longhorns faced a rough night at home against the Elizabethton Cyclones as they dealt with shortfalls in several key elements of their game. For head coach Pete Pavusek the real challenge has been consistency. “We had bad pitching and base running, but hit the ball half decent. We’ve got to put it all together. We have to have defense, pitching, and hitting. You can’t just do one out of three. We hoped the pitchers would be ready, but you’ve got to have somebody who can be on in the second inning. It’s very frustrating. You get the bigger schools, and you have to come with your A game if you want to win. You can’t just go through the motions and hope for the best. When you play bigger schools you’ve got to play hard seven innings. Sullivan East, Unicoi, Elizabethton, North, it doesn’t matter, you can’t just come out and go through the motions, and I think that’s what we are doing,” said Pavusek.
For the majority of the game the Longhorns were able to keep pace with the Cyclones, but a weak final two innings proved to be their ultimate downfall, resulting in a final score of 17-7. Despite the disappointing ending there were also many points that Johnson County could be proud of, particularly a strong first inning that saw the Longhorns pick up three runs. Elizabethton quickly tied the score with three runs of their own, but the excitement was still running high into the second.
One of the biggest issues throughout the game was lack of solid pitching. Andy Woods, Bobby Taylor, Harley Reece, and Jacob Henson all took to the mound but were unable to gain any strikeouts against the Cyclone’s batters. On the other hand, the Longhorns had a very good hitting game, with Reece, and Daniel Helm both batting runners in, and Henson going two for three and making two runs.
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