By Tim Chambers
BLOUNTVILLE—Johnson County was searching for its first road win but couldn’t quite get it done in Blountville. Sullivan Central held on to defeat the Longhorns 5-3 in a game that wasn’t decided until the final out.
The Longhorns took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Shane Greer’s RBI single scoring Bud Icenhour who had walked.
The Cougars tied the game in the bottom half on Parker Mumpower’s one-out single.
The Longhorns took their final lead in the second inning. Petie Pavusek drove in Daniel Livorsi who had walked putting Johnson County in front 2-1.
The Cougars used an RBI double by Blake Lucas and another run scoring single by Mumpower in the third to move in front for good.
Greer singled and scored for Johnson County’s final run in the fifth.
The Cougars were the recipient of an unearned run the sixth that extended their lead at 5-3.
Icenhour singled to start the seventh but Central would retire the next three batters.
Noah Vaughn went the distance on the mound for Central to earn the win. Greer was tagged with the loss.
Johnson County got a pair of hits each from Greer and Icenhour. Nick Whitener, McClain Carleton and Jayden Joiner added one apiece.
Josh Tierney pitched the final three innings for the Horns and allowed only one hit.
Mumpower and Luke Hudson had two hits each for the Cougars.
Johnson County 6
The week didn’t get any better for Johnson County. Another series of infield errors led to their 7-6 defeat to FCA on Friday at home.
The Longhorns took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Bud Icenhour singled then later scored on Shane Greer’s double. Josh Tierney added another run scoring two-bagger but FCA would answer in the following frame.
A pair of run scoring two out singles by Ethan Bailey and Micah Carreer was aided by a critical error that prevented the Horns from escaping the inning up by two.
McClain Carleton walked and scored in the third inning to tie the game at 3-3. FCA would score a two runs each in the third and fourth fames that allowed them to build a 7-3 advantage.
The Longhorns battled back to make it a game and could have easily walked away with the victory.
Greer’s double in the sixth and Josh Tierney’s single got them within three at 7-4 in the sixth. But a base running mistake would deflate their life raft in the seventh.
Stephen Osborne led off with a pinch hit single and scored. Daniel Livorsi reached on a base hit them moved to third on Bud Icenhour’s double.
Nick Whitener added a sacrifice fly scoring Livorsi to make it 7-6 but the play proved to be costly.
Icenhour was thrown out trying to take third with Greer coming up. The junior centerfielder followed with a towering double that would have tied the game with one out.
FCA reliever Micah Carreer retired Tierney on a fly ball to end the contest.
Icenhour started the game on the mound for Johnson County before giving way to Tierney in the fourth. Tierney tossed four scoreless innings while allowing only three hits.
Greer and Icenhour led the Longhorns with two hits each. Osborne was 1-1 while Whitener was 1-3 with an RBI.
Alec Gentry led FCA at the plate with a 3-3 performance. Bailey and Carreer provided two hits apiece.
Ben Brockmyre was credited with the win on the mound while Carreer got the save.
The Longhorns are now 1-5 on the season.