By Tim Chambers
Fire wasn’t on the mountain on a chilly Friday but a team of Longhorns stayed hot and picked up their fourth win in five days. Johnson County knocked off Unaka 15-3 in a five inning affair at Claude Holsclaw Field.
Head coach Pete Pavusek touched on the rich tradition at Unaka. He was glad to leave there with a victory.
“Unaka is traditionally a good program and they’ve always been tough on us,” said Pavusek. “Anytime you can score seven quick run on them is a good thing. It’s always a hard game for us because they’ve got a good program. We’re glad to get a big win. It surprised me at the margin that we did.”
The Horns played in its third consecutive five-inning contest in as many days. They jumped on top early like they had in their two previous games.
Nick Whitener doubled in Samuel Icenhour who had singled in the first inning to set the tone. They added six more in the second inning to go up 7-0.
Bud Icenhour swatted a one-out single and Daniel Livorsi reached on an error. Both runners scored on Samuel Icenhour’s triple. Whitener would later pick up his second hit in the game and Peyton Fenner ripped a run scoring double to plate him. Logan Sargent would drive in the final run of the inning with a base hit that put them up 7-0.
But the young Rangers fought back and scored three to narrow the deficit to 7-3.
John Boy Ramsey and Justin Houghton would both single and score. John Wesley Hardin would cross the plate after reaching on a throwing error.
That would be the only runs allowed by Whitener who pitched all five innings to get the win. He allowed only four hits, struck out four and walked none.
Base hits by Fenner and Shane Greer sparked a two-run fourth. The Horns broke the game open by scoring six run in the fifth.
Whitener and Alex Tressler blasted run scoring doubles. Logan Sargent roped a towering triple that brought home two. Greer added another single coupled with two walks and a pair of Unaka miscues.
The Rangers got two on in the bottom half but Whitener got a ground ball out to end the game.
Whitener helped his cause at the plate by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Samuel Icenhour added three hits, three RBIs and scored twice. Sargent had two hits and drove in three runs. Fenner was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Greer finished the day 2-for-3 with an RBI. Bud Icenhour, Jake Bower and Tressler had one hit apiece.
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