By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County is hoping to move from middle of the pack to front runner in the Three Rivers Conference baseball race in 2016. A “slam dunk” might be on the horizon if “Slamming Sammy” and company play up to expectations.
Samuel Icenhour will hit in the leadoff spot and play centerfield for Coach Pete Pavusek’s Longhorns and the speedster could be one of the league’s top athletes.
Icenhour hit .320 last season and played his best baseball during the last two weeks of the season.
Adding to those numbers could definitely land him a chance to play at the next level.
But Icenhour doesn’t lie around thinking about playing college baseball. He takes it one step at a time.
“I try not to look at things that will distract me during the season,” said Icenhour. “My focus is all on helping this team. We’ve set our goals high because of all the players we have returning. I want this to be a banner year for Johnson County baseball. I feel like we’ve got the chemistry to be successful.”
Icenhour says it starts with the pitching staff and a few returning mainstays.
“We’ve got our top two pitchers returning in Logan Sargent and Nick Whitener,” added Icenhour.
Peyton Fenner can play multiple positions and Alex Tressler is a solid player too. We’ve not had to mix in players who have never played before. This has allowed practices to go much smoother.”
The weather has been just as frustrating for baseball as it has for softball. The senior standout indicated they just go wherever they can to try and find a dry spot for practices.
“We’ve went inside the tunnel or out on the tennis courts,” said Icenhour. “We’ve only been on the field twice because of the weather and one of those times it was wet. We need some warm weather so things can dry up. There is only so much you can do indoors. We went through the same thing last year. We only had a few days of practice outside before our opening game.”
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