By Tim Chambers
North fell into a “burning ring of fire” on Tuesday and got burned by Johnson County. The red hot Longhorns won their sixth consecutive game defeating the Golden Raiders 8-3 in conference play.
The Horns scored seven times over the first three innings and made them stand. Head coach Pete Pavusek was very happy with the victory.
This was a game that we really needed,” said Pavusek. “But I still don’t think that we have hit our stride yet. We’ve still got some room for improvement and I think the boys will agree. But we played pretty well, good enough to win. That’s kind of what we are shooting for right now.”
Samuel Icenhour walked in the first inning and scored on a ground ball out by Peyton Fenner. That set the tone for a six-run outburst over the next three frames.
The Longhorns (5-5, 9-6) allowed Sullivan North to score an unearned run in the second inning but did one better in the bottom half.
Bud Icenhour’s sacrifice fly drove in Shane Greer who had singled. Jake Bower came home on an error after drawing a walk, allowing them to retake the lead at 3-1.
A four-run outburst would put the game away for Johnson County in the third inning.
Peyton Fenner’s two-bagger drove in Nic Whitener to start the thing. Logan Sargent brought home another run with a single as did Jake Bower who provided a double.
The Horns held firm to their five-run advantage for the remainder of the game. They tacked on a solo run in the fifth.
Base hits by Daniel Livorsi and Alex Tressler vaulted them to an 8-3 lead. The pitching combination of Sargent and Whitener would do the rest.
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