The middle school Longhorns pulled off a big feat last week by picking up two huge wins over Providence Academy and University School. The knocked off Providence 10-5 on Thursday then came away with a 9-6 win over the Junior Bucs on Friday.
Coach Julian Crews had his troops ready for battle against a very good Providence team. They blew open the game with a five-run second inning then scored three more times in the third.
Dakota Holt blasted a two-run single in the second frame scoring Graham Reece and Connor Simcox who had walked. George Grill followed duplicated the feat with a two-run one bagger plating, Dominic Kelly and Holt. Peyton Pavusek made sure Grill wasn’t left standing by ripping a run-scoring base hit for a 5-0 advantage.
The hot bats continued for JCMS after extending their advantage to 8-0 in the third. It was Holt and Grill who once again did the damage.
Holt ripped a run-scoring single while Grill plated two more with a solid single that pretty much put the game out of reach.
The Longhorns closed out their scoring with a 2-run fifth inning. Pavusek
and Simcox each drove in a run with base hits to
double up the score on Providence.
Holt and Simcox had a big day at the plate collecting three hits apiece. Tanner Marshall, Pavusek and Grill were just as productive collecting two hits each with two runs scored. Ezra Howard and Graham Reece provided one hit each.
Pavusek pitched three innings plus to earn the win on the mound for the Horns. Simcox tossed two scoreless innings, and Holt closed it out with a strong seventh inning to assist Pavusek in their closing roles.
University School 6
The Longhorns rallied to score six runs over the final two innings to knock off University School on Friday. The Junior Bucs had taken a 4-3 lead in the fifth, but Johnson County rallied to tally four in the bottom half to go up 7-4.
Peyton Pavusek swung the momentum in JCMS’ favor with a mammoth triple in the gap to tie the game at 4-4. Tanner Marshall followed that up with a double to drive home Pavusek for a 5-4 advantage, but the Horns weren’t finished.
Dominic Kelly, Tyler Bouchelle and Conner Simcox all had base hits to aid in another pair of runs.
Graham Reece singled in
a run during the sixth
inning, and Marshall doubled him home to give the Horns the cushion they needed to stave off the Bucs who scored two in their final at-bat.
Pavusek went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s to lead the Longhorns at the plate. Kelly, Marshall and George Grill collected two hits apiece. Ezra Howard, Reece and Bouchelle all had a base hit and scored.
Holt went five innings on the mound to earn the win. Howard tossed the final two innings to record the save.
“This was two good wins for us,” said their legendary skipper Julian
Crews. “We’ve been hitting the ball well, and our pitching and defense have been solid.”