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Despite loss, Longhorns bring in more hits than Unicoi Blue Devils

It was a very rough week for the Johnson County Longhorns. Like the weather, things began on a very gloomy note, with a postponement of Monday’s game against Unicoi until Wednesday, and another delay after a wet start Tuesday against the Elizabethton Cyclones. Unfortunately, the team’s outcome in both games didn’t help the overall mood.
Meeting the Unicoi County Blue Devils at home in their second match up for the season, the Longhorns were optimistic about their chances of earning a victory early in the game, but as the weather turned foul yet again, so did the score. Three early runs by Chad Hodgkiss, Bobby Taylor, and Judd Hammons failed to overcome some late gains by the Blue Devils, eventually giving them the win, two runs ahead on the board at five.
For 1st baseman, Daniel Helm, the Longhorn’s problem was all about mentality. “We didn’t play to our potential. It seemed like it was a close game, but we made a lot of mistakes and should have done better, and I think all of us know that,” he said. As one of the Longhorn’s stronger offensive players, Helm did well overall, hitting his 5th double for the season.
There were several other good hits throughout the game, including a double by Jacob Henson in the bottom of the 5th, batting in Judd Hammons who had taken base with a double of his own. Dusty Stout made one of the last good hits of the night for the Longhorns in the bottom of the seventh, after making a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the 3rd that allowed Bobby Taylor, acting as courtesy runner for Ryan Smith, to advance.
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