By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County’s baseball coaching staff played Mr. Fix-It this week and it paid off on Friday versus Hampton. The Longhorns played well defensively behind the outstanding pitching performances of sophomores Jayden Joiner and Josh Tierney and knocked off Hampton 7-1 to earn their first win.
It was quite a turnaround from Monday’s performance where eight errors led to four unearned runs and a 5-2 loss. Head coach Pete Pavusek was happy with his team’s play and the stellar job done by his two sophomore pitchers.
“We did a much better job defensively today than we did against Sullivan East,” said Pavusek. “When you make the plays in the field you give yourself a chance to win. It also helped that our two pitchers threw strikes. Jayden Joiner and Josh Tierney were outstanding on the mound.
Pavusek hit the nail on the head when talking about his two young hurlers. Both worked quick in the rainy conditions and kept the Bulldog batters off balance.
Joiner allowed only three hits in four innings and a lone run. Tierney pitched no-hit baseball over the final three frames.
“I think they were cold,” laughed Pavusek about the two working quick. “We knew what we were getting with Jayden but we didn’t know with Tierney. He came in and it was lights out. It was really nice to see how he had progressed. Give Coach Jerry Whitener all the credit. He’s worked a lot of long hours with our pitchers and has brought several of them a long way.”
The Longhorns scored in the first inning when Nick Whitener walked, then went to third on a base hit by Shane Greer. He later scored on a wild pitch.
The Longhorns got a pair of runs in the second frame to go up 3-0.
Daniel Lavorsi legged out a double and Tierney followed with a single. Noah Conder picked up an RBI on a groundout, then Tierney crossed on a throwing error.
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