By Tim Chambers
Losing to Hampton at home last year was a bitter pill to swallow for Johnson County. This time the Longhorns provided some strong knockout serum that sent the Bulldogs back down the road wagging their tails.
Their 16-3 win came just one day after they had stunned Sullivan East 8-7. Head coach Pete Pavusek was happy with his team’s play.
“They scored two early and then we came back and jumped on them,” said Pavusek. “Scoring a lot of runs early was huge because we had five games to play in five days and ending the game after five allowed us to save some pitching. We played well defensively and our hitting was outstanding the entire game.”
That was especially true in the first and fourth innings where they combined to score all their runs.
Samuel Icenhour amassed two runs and scored in the opening frame. Peyton Fenner, Logan Sargent and Shane Greer all had base hits and scored in the inning.
The Longhorns led 7-2 after one.
Hampton used a run scoring single by Jerry Lunsford in the third inning to cut the deficit at 7-3. But a nine-run uprising in the fourth inning would seal the deal for the home-standing Horns.
Samuel Icenhour once again got it started with a double. He had two base hits and scored twice in the inning as did Alex Tressler.
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