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Longhorns surprise East 3-2

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Monday’s victory over Sullivan East was sweeter than a big old piece of cherry pie topped with vanilla ice cream for Johnson County. The Longhorns left the league in shock with their 3-2 upset win over the second place Patriots.
Johnson County trailed 2-1 in their final at-bat but found a way to muster two runs. Nick Whitener’s sacrifice fly scored Samuel Icenhour with the game winner that set off a wild celebration inside the home team’s dugout.
“This is a huge win and the type of one that we’ve been needing,” said Whitener. “We played up to our potential on offense and defense. I’m hoping that this game will be the turning point in our season.”
Daniel Livorsi started off the seventh with a solid single to left.
“I was looking for a curve ball or change up,” said Livorsi. “I never expected to get a fast ball.”
Samuel Icenhour was hit by a pitch and Adam Worley reached on an error scoring Livorsi to tie the game at 2-2. Whitener’s fly ball was just deep enough to score the hustling Icenhour.
“We changed it up some today with our lineup,” said JCHS’ head coach Pete Pavusek. “Credit coach (Jerry) Whitener with that. We played well in several phases of the game. Livorisi, Nick Whitener, Bud Icenhour and Payton Fenner all had good games. Logan Sargent pitched outstanding on the mound too. We simply made plays. You have a shot at winning when you do that.”
Johnson County scored first in the third inning.
Payton Fenner’s ripped a sharp single, scoring Icenhour who had reached on a one-bagger. But it was Fenner’s glove that showed the way.
He made a dazzling back-handed stab at short to rob East of a base hit in one inning, then snared a hot line drive with two runners on to prevent the ‘Pats for scoring in the second.

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