The Longhorns held off a late FCA rally to come away with an 8-6 win over the Flames.
The bulk of Johnson County’s offense came during the first and third innings where they scored three times in each of them.
Graham Reece singled to start the game and later scored on a run-scoring base hit from Peyton Pavusek. George Grill delivered the biggest hit, a two-run triple that plated Pavusek and Dakota Holt giving the Horns a 3-1 lead.
Walks to Reece and Holt would get things started once again in the third inning for Johnson County. Pavusek delivered an RBI single while Grill delivered a double giving the Longhorns a 6-2 cushion.
The Horns would use Nate King’s single in the fourth inning to score another run. It’s final one game during the fifth when Grill smacked a single scoring Pavusek who had hit safely.
Grill had a mammoth day going 3-for-4 with five
RBI’s. Pavusek also provided a monster game going
4-for-4 with two RBI‘s and three runs scored. Reece and Holt had a base hit each and scored twice. Tanner
Marshall and Nate King provided the other two Longhorn hits.
Connor Simcox started
on the mound for the
Longhorns and pitched
three strong innings to
record the win. Holt came on in the fourth and
pitched three good innings. Pavusek tossed the last inning and was credited with the save.
Head coach Julian Crews touched on his team’s win.
“We were just happy to get on the field,” said Crews. “We’ve struggled to play games because of the rain and cold, so this was our first game at home. I thought our pitchers threw well with six strikeouts and only two walks. Grill had a huge game at the plate, and so did Pavusek. It was a good win but even better to get out on the field.”
The Longhorns will play at Unaka on Thursday and host the Rangers at home on Friday.