By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
It took an extra frame to decide the outcome of a see-saw battle between Johnson County and Hampton on Tuesday. Reice South doubled in Ben Howard who had singled in the eighth inning to give the Junior High Longhorns a thrilling 12-11 victory.
It was a big win for head coach Julian Crews and his squad. They were defeated soundly by the Bulldogs just a few weeks ago.
I loved the way that our kids fought back and didnt quit, said Crews. We kept battling the whole game. Our kids really wanted this one.
The Bulldogs scored three times in the first inning getting RBI singles from Dalton Rouse and Alex Hardin.
Johnson County would battle back to tie the game in the bottom half.
Jayden Joiner and Gavin Reece each singled. Petie Pavusek and Ben Howard added run scoring base hits to get the Horns back even.
Hardin had a key base hit for Hampton in the second inning to help them take a 5-3 advantage. But Johnson County would do one better in the bottom half.
Troy Arnold singled in a run. A passed ball allowed Brad Livorsi to later score the go-ahead run for a 6-5 advantage.
The Horns got a single from Howard in the third inning that led to a run. Weston Throop brought him home with a fielders choice to make it 8-5.
Johnson County would add to its three-run advantage in the following frame.
Howard continued to swing the hot bat by stroking another base hit that produced two run. JCMS held a comfortable 11-5 for the advantage.
But Hampton would score three in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie the contest at 11-11.
That set the stage for Stouts game winner in the eighth.
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