KINGSPORT—FCA was like “dampened activated charcoal” for some snake-bitten Longhorns on Friday. Johnson County overcame the sting of two tough losses to Unicoi and North to win an impressive 9-0 affair at Domtar Park.
The game was never in doubt due to the good pitching of Nick Whitener and some clutch hitting by the middle of the batting order.
“It was one of the better games we’ve played,” said assistant coach Jerry Whitener. “We hit it well, threw strikes and didn’t make mistakes in the field.”
The Horns took the lead in the second after being held scoreless in the first. Three singles from Peyton Fenner, Bud Icenhour and Jake Bower put them in front 2-0.
They would duplicate that feat again in the fourth inning to go up 4-0.
Logan Sargent, Bud Icenhour and Bower did the damage by slapping singles which was aided by an FCA error.
Whitener helped his cause in the fifth inning by helping produce a solo run. He singled, then scored on a base hit by Sargent to make it 5-0.
The ‘Horns stuck to the script and added an unearned run in the following frame to make it a six-pack. A three-run uprising in the seventh allowed them to put it away.
Whitener went the distance on the mound allowing only four hits in his complete game shutout. He amassed 10 strikeouts and walked only one. He also added a pair of hits and two runs scored.
Several of his fellow Horns provided plenty of help.
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