By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
ERWIN A nightmarish first inning prevented Johnson County from pulling off its biggest win of the season on Tuesday in Erwin. The Longhorns fell 9-8 to the Blue Devils after allowing them to score eight times in the opening frame.
JCHS head coach Pete Pavusek was left thinking, What if? He saw his squad battle their guts out over the final six innings.
I just wish we could get over the hump, said Pavusek. I wish the kids had something to show for it.
They might have had it not been for some rough sledding in the early going.
The first three Blue Devils reached on errors to load the bases. Dylan Putman cleared them off by blasting a grand slam homer to put Unicoi County on top 4-1.
They followed with five more single before Johnson County could retire the side trailing 8-1. But all that was about to change.
The Longhorns fought back with a vengeance.
Shane Greer, Bud Icenhour and Jake Bower walked to start the second. Samuel Icehours single to bring in a couple then Adam Worley doubled home a pair.
The Longhorns used a pair of base hits by Nick Whitener and Logan Sargent to pull within one at 8-7. They would tie the game in the third.
Singles by Samuel Icenhour and Worley would help plate Brad Livorsi.
Unicoi regained the lead on a run scoring single by Nick Fender in the bottom half.
Sargent settled down after his rocky first inning and shut down the Devils over the final five frames.
Caleb Wilson pitched the final six innings for the Blue Devils. He retired the last 11 batters in order to earn the win.
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