Wild early spring weather has made getting the season going difficult for the Longhorns. After cancelling their first two conference games against Happy Valley and Unicoi last week, Johnson County settled for a non-conference trip to Glade Springs, Virginia to take on the Patrick Henry Rebels.
Following the very first inning it was clear that the Longhorns were going to live up to their reputation. Holding the Rebels at bay, Johnson County was already up 5-0 after their first turn at bat. In all Judd Hammons, Jacob Henson, Ryan Mahala, Andy Woods, River Cazire, and Daniel Helm each had multiple hits, giving the Longhorns a whopping 14 base positions by the end of the night. Many of those hits equated runs, and with several occasions where the bases began loading up there were multiple RBIs as well.
On the defense Ryan Mahala resumed his mantle as one of the Longhorns most talented pitchers, striking out nine batters while allowing just three hits and one earned run. In fact, Johnson Countys defense was strong enough to hold the Rebels to just three runs for all seven innings. Ahead 7-1 by the beginning of the fourth inning it appeared the game might be cut short by a mercy ruling, but as Coach Pete Pavusek pointed out this Patrick Henry was unwilling to give in without a fight. We hit the ball well and scored a lot of runs. Pavusek said. Mahala threw a great game. It should have been a run rule, but they hung in there and it ended up being 10-3.
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