By Tim Chambers
Johnson County appeared like a fish, dead in the water after playing “crappy” for four innings down 7-1 to Sullivan East. But in the end it would be the Patriots who would “flounder.”
The Longhorns pulled off a remarkable 8-7 comeback win by scoring seven times over the final three frames.
Samuel Icenhour singled to start the seventh inning with the game tied at 7-7.
A pair of one-out walks to Nick Whitener and Peyton Fenner would load the bases. The game ended after Logan Sargent was hit by a pitch allowing Icenhour to trot home with the winning run.
“Our kids hung in there and got a little lucky at the end,” said Johnson County’s head coach Pete Pavusek. “It’s odd to end the game with a walk-off hit by pitch. But we will take them in any way we can get them.”
A four-run fourth inning got their comeback bid started after they had taken a 1-0 lead in their first at bat.
Whitener and Fenner banged out back-to-back singles. Sargent picked up an RBI with a base hit and Bower drove in one of his two runs with a sacrifice fly. Shane Greer would also single and score on Bud Icenhour’s base hit. Daniel Livorsi’s base hit allowed the fourth runner to cross in the inning.
That whittled the deficit down to 6-5 and they would tie the game in the sixth.
Fenner had a single and Sargent walked. Both runners would later score to put the Horns in front 7-6.
Jeffery Lunceford helped the Pats tie the game in the seventh after leading off the inning with a single and later scoring.
That set the stage for Johnson County’s bizarre seventh innig walk-off win.
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