By Tim Chambers
Humpty Dumpty’s fall couldn’t hold a candle to the one Johnson County experienced on Thursday. The Longhorns blew a 10-2 lead and lost a 16-11 non-conference game to Unaka on their home field.
Peyton Fenner pitched five strong innings for the Longhorns allowing five runs, three of them earned. He left the game with the Longhorns leading 11-5. What happened afterwards was nothing by a total meltdown by Johnson County’s bullpen.
They got bombarded for 12 runs over the final two frames, eight in the seventh inning. The 14 hits by Johnson County couldn’t offset the 20 banged out by Unaka.
Ten hits and 11 runs came after Fenner’s departure. So did a shocking non-conference loss.
Sam Icenhour and Alex Tressler went 4-for-5 each to lead the Longhorns. Shane Greer and Bud Icenhour added a pair of base hits.
Austin Wilson led the Rangers going 4-for-5 with three runs scored. John Ramsey and Blake King added three hits apiece. Dakota Gallimore was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Abram Hill contributed a pair of singles.
Ramsey pitched the final three innings to earn the win. Sargent surrendered nine runs and was charged with the loss.