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JCHS Longhorns joust Chuckey-Doak Black Knights 11-2

By Tim Chambers

AFTON—Johnson County proved to be the “Knights” in shining armor on Tuesday in Afton. The Longhorns rode a strong pitching effort from Nick Whitener to an 11-2 win over Chuckey-Doak in non-league play.
Whitener dominated the game from start to finish, allowing only four hits. One of those was a solo home run to Tanner Barkley in the fourth, but his team gave him plenty of run support to offset that.
“Our kids bounced back in a big way after the loss at Unicoi County on Monday,” said JCHS head coach Pete Pavusek. “Nick pitched a great game and several guys stepped up and hit the ball well. This was a good win for us.”
The Horns dented the scoreboard for two runs in the second inning. Shane Greer doubled in Logan Sargent who had singled and later scored on a groundout by Bud Icenhour, giving them an early 2-0 advantage.

They stretched that in the following frame with a five-run output despite a rough start.
Samuel Icenhour doubled but was thrown out at the plate. Alex Tressler’s bunt reignited the fire followed by back-to-back singles from Whitener and Peyton Fenner. Sargent picked up an RBI by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Then the floodgates opened.
Greer picked up a pair of RBIs with a double. Jake Bower amassed two more with a long sacrifice fly giving the Horns a 7-0 cushion.
The Black Knights picked up a pair of runs in the fourth after Johnson County had added another score in the top half.
​ ​JCHS put the game away scoring three more times in the sixth. Whitener retired the final seven batters in the game.
The talented junior helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Greer was 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Fenner was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Sam Icenhour and Sargent went 2-for-3 each with an RBI and two runs scored.
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