By Tim Chambers
Like Scott’s strawberries in late April, Elizabethton was ripe for the picking in the second game of a doubleheader against Johnson County. The Longhorns exploded for six runs over the first two innings that led to their 9-2 victory after dropping the first contest 10-2.
The Longhorns trailed 2-1 after six innings in the first game, but Elizabethton scored eight in the last inning after a couple of pitching changes. That wouldn’t be the case in the nightcap.
Jayden Joiner gave up two runs in the first frame but blanked the Cyclones over the final four frames. And the hitting wasn’t too shabby either. The Longhorn scored seven runs over the first two innings to go up 7-2.
Head Coach Pete Pavusek touched on his team’s ability to bounce back and get a key win.
“We had trouble getting key base hits in the first game,” said Pavusek. “I thought us scoring those runs early put pressure on them in the second one.”
Elizabethton used a two-run single by Evan Carter to score Cory Russell and Michael Robinson who had hit safely in the first inning to go up 2-0.
The Longhorns rallied behind base hits by Nick Whitener and Shane Greer in the bottom half that enabled them to tie the game at 2-2.
It got better for the Horns in the second inning.
Daniel Livorsi singled to start the inning after leading off the first inning with a walk. Joiner drew a few pass and Whitener was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Greer broke the tie by smacking a two-run single, then McClain Carleton’s added another base hit that made it 6-2. Livorsi had two base hits to highlight the inning. He would deliver a sacrifice fly in the fourth to drive in their final run.
Johnny Arnold had a run-scoring single in the fourth.
Whitener led the Longhorns by going 2-2. Livorsi was 2-3 with two runs scored. Greer added a 2-4 performance with two RBI’s and a pair of runs scored. Johnny Arnold was 1-1. Carleton was 1-2 with a run scored. Petie Pavusek walked three times in his many at bats.
Johnson Co. 2
The Longhorns were tied 1-1 after five innings but Elizabethton scored one in the sixth to go up 2-1. Shane Greer had tossed a gem for Johnson County up to that point but he had to leave in the seventh.
That’s when Betsy struck for eight runs.
Elizabethton’s Brodie Adams limited the Horns to only three hits while going the distance on the mound. He had seven strikeouts and walked one.
Nick Whitener, Greer and Bud Icenhour had shared Johnson County’s three hits.
Cory Russell had two hits and drove in three runs to pace Elizabethton. Adams and Estep collected two hits each.