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Horns eliminate Sullivan North 16-9

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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KINGSPORT—For the second time in a week Johnson County amassed 25 hits in a game. It was more than enough to push them past Sullivan North 16-9 in District 1-AA consolation play on Saturday at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.
Up next comes Happy Valley on Sunday in an elimination contest. But for now it’s survive and advance.
“It was a great comeback win for our kids,” said head coach Pete Pavusek. “Payton Fenner threw a nice game in relief and had five hits. I am also proud of the Greer brothers (Jake and Shane) for going 3-for-5 each. We had others step up and play well. I’m just proud to be a Longhorn.”
Their season appeared in jeopardy after jumping on top 3-0. North would battle back to score a combined eight runs in the third and fourth innings to go on top 8-3.
The Golden Raiders appeared to have things well in hand but Johnson County would steal back the momentum in a hurry.
They pounded out 16 hits over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings that led to a baker’s dozen of runs.
They had doubled their advantage at 16-8 heading into the seventh.
“We’re trying to outhit them at that stage of the game,” said Pavusek. “Our kids fought back in a big way.”
They managed to outhit North 16-9.
Six players had three hits for more and one went 2-for-2. Every player in the starting lineup had at least one base hit.
Fenner swung the big stick going 5-for-5 with three RBIs. Worley was 4-for-5 with four runs scored.

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