Johnson County played with the big dog for five innings, but a six pack of
runs by Elizabethton in the sixth inning would prove to be the difference. The Cyclones broke open a close game to win 10-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Joe O’Brien Field.
It was a gutsy performance by the Horns against Elizabethton who remains undefeated in conference play at 7-0. Johnson County fell to 2-4 and will play at Happy Valley on Monday.
The Longhorns got on the board first when Ben Howard doubled in the first inning and scored on Petie Pavusek’s groundout.
Elizabethton moved in front 3-1 in the bottom half after collecting a pair of unearned runs aided by the help of three walks.
The Cyclones made it 4-1 in the third with the help of back-to-back doubles from Lawson Wagner and Jayden Anderson.
Johnson County used a leadoff double by Pavusek in the fourth inning to cut the deficit in half at 4-2. He was able to scamper home on Reese Stout’s single, but then the dagger came.
The Cyclones exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth to go up 10-2. Evan Carter got things started with a leadoff triple, but the free passes continued to hurt Johnson County.
Four Cyclones walked and scored in the inning making it five for the game.
Johnson County refused to quit and found a way to push across two runs in the sixth. Pavusek and Stacy Greer each had a single and scored, but Lawson Wagner came on to shut the door ending any comeback hopes by the Longhorns.
Pavusek led the Longhorns at the plate by going 2-for-3 with two runs
scored. Jayden Joiner, Ben Howard, Stout, Greer, Eric Neely, Ethan Icenhour, and Bradley Livorsi each added a base hit.
Matthew Dailey went 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs for the Cyclones in addition to pitching the win. Anderson added two hits and Carter scored twice and drove in two runs.
The Cyclones were to take on Happy Valley on Monday before getting into the thick of conference play.
Johnson Co. 100 102 0 -4
Elizabethton 301 060 x -10