By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
KINGSPORT—Mother Nature forced Johnson County to cancel all its games this week, but Friday proved to be a special day for them. The Longhorns “rained” on Sullivan South’s parade by earning a shocking 3-1 victory over the home-standing Rebels.
The Longhorns had four games this week canceled due to the weather, but they didn’t show any signs of rust due to the layoff.
Jayden Joiner tossed a masterpiece on the mound to pick up the win and added a critical base hit along with Shane Greer that propelled the Horns to their victory.
“We played very well, a complete baseball game,” said head skipper Pete Pavusek. “Jayden threw one heck of a game and added a huge hit. Shane hit a ball off the fence that too was a huge hit. We played well defensively, and we played with confidence. We can make this win even more special if we can beat them again on Monday.”
A win over South on Monday would allow Johnson County to host a first-round District game at home on Friday. This one
was a fight to the finish with neither team able to score until late.
Johnson County threatened to score the game’s first run in the fifth, but Petie Pavusek was left stranded at third that kept the game tied at 0-0.
The Longhorns finally got on the board in the sixth scoring three times with two outs.
Jonathan Arnold reached first after getting hit by a pitch. Greer followed with a towering double off the wall scoring Arnold to give the Horns a 1-0 advantage.
Josh Tierney kept the rally going by smacking a single then Joiner delivered the dagger with a two-run triple that allowed them to extend their lead at 3-0.
South got on the board in the sixth with the help of two singles from Cory Williams and Drew Creech, but Joiner fanned the third out to end the rally. He retired the side in order in the seventh allowing Johnson County to move up two spots in the conference standings.
Greer, Joiner, and Tierney had the only hits in the game for the Longhorns. South’s Cory Williams was tossing a no-hitter going into the sixth inning.
Joiner allowed only five hits, three to Creech. The Longhorns’ defense recorded 19 outs in the field with only one error.
“We can be a pretty good team when our defense plays like it did today and we get timely hits and good pitching,” added Pavusek. “Our next game with them is even
bigger. It’s our senior night so beating them twice in a season would really be something special.”
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Joiner and Pavusek. Williams and Sebo.