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Longhorns hold off Bulldogs 9-8

Daniel Livorsi throws out a Bulldog runner at first
Daniel Livorsi throws out a Bulldog runner at first

By Tim Chambers

Fatigue hit Johnson County like a ton of bricks on Friday, but they somehow still managed to pull out a one run road victory. The Longhorns nipped Hampton 9-8 after scoring five times in the first inning.
Head coach Pete Pavusek summed it up best when asked about his team’s performance.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Hampton because they played well and did a good job of coming back,” said Pavusek. “But we are one tired baseball team in need of a break. We are going to give them a few days off before going over to Unicoi County on Monday. I believe the rest will do them some good.”
Pavusek was referring to his team’s schedule. The Longhorns played five times last week and three games in four days this week. They began to look somewhat jet lagged over the final five innings but managed to survive.
Sam Icenhour singled to start the game then scored on a double off the bat of Alex Tressler. Peyton Fenner and Shane Greer followed with run-scoring singles and Jake Bower lofted an RBI double.
The Horns led 5-0 but Hampton would soon begin third comeback bid.
Nash Eryasa singled and scored on Dru Owens’ sac fly to start the second. Base hits by Jerry Lunsford, Wyatt Lyons, Eryasa and Jacob Byrd would plate a couple more in the third.
Johnson County showed its toughness by battling their butts off over the final four frames.
Singles by Tressler and Fenner would produce a run for them during the fourth. Greer singled and scored in the third inning.
The Longhorns were leading 7-3 but Hampton tied the game with a four-run fourth.
Two walks and a Johnson County miscue set the stage for Lyons’ double that cleared the bases. Eryasa scored him with a base hit that knotted the game at 7-7.
The Longhorns found a way to dig a little deeper to pull out a couple more runs from the well.
Johnson Country scored twice in the sixth on a two-run triple off the bat of Fenner. From there they shifted down into survival mode.

For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.