By Tim Chambers
A red hot Johnson County squad is burning up the baseball diamond of late. The Longhorns won their seventh game in a row on Wednesday by defeating Sullivan Central 6-2 at what hopefully one day will be known as “Pavusek Park.”
The Longhorns watched Central score two unearned runs in the first inning to grab a lead in the early going. But a dominant pitching performance by Nick Whitener and some clutch hitting by the Icenhour duo of Sam and Bud plus Peyton Fenner helped the Horns to run their overall record at 10-6.
“Everything appears to be clicking right now,” said Pavusek. “We’re getting some good pitching and hitting and our defense has improved quite a bit. I can’t remember a team I’ve had that’s played any better. The 2012 team won six in a row, lost one and then won another three or four straight. But seven wins in a row is the most since I’ve been here.”
They had to pull off the feat by rallying after getting down early.
Two consecutive and a base hit by Parker Mumpower allowed the Cougars to take an early 2-0 advantage.
Whitner’s groundout drove in Samuel Icenhour in the bottom half that led to some bigger and better things over the next three frames.
Samuel Icenhour’s base hit drove in Shane Greer who had singled in the second inning to tie the game at 2-2. They would take the lead for good by scoring four times in the fourth.
Singles from Bud Icenhour and Daniel Livorsi got the ball rolling. Sam Icenhour drove in a run with a base hit. Alex Tressler and Whitener both walked and scored but the damage was more.
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