By Tim Chambers
BLOUNTVILLE—A cool afternoon with cloudy skies could not stop Johnson County from earning a big road win on Friday. Johnson County’s 8-4 victory at Sullivan Central was a shining moment for head coach Pete Pavusek. “We’ve beaten them a few times at home while I was here, but I can’t remember winning at their place,” said Pavusek. “We played pretty well for the most part. We had one bad inning, but were able to overcome that: The Longhorns fell behind 1-0 early but rallied to tie the game in the fourth. Shane Greer belted an RBI single, scoring Nick Whitener who had walked. They followed with three more runs in the fourth to grab a 4-1 advantage. Back-to-back singles by Bud Icenhour and Daniel Livorsi got things started, then Alex Tressler added another base hit to load the bases. Peyton Fenner’s two-run single would plate Icenhour and Livorsi. Logan Sargent followed with a solid base hit that brought in Tressler. The Cougars rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom half, and it stayed that way until the seventh. Johnson County’s four-run outburst would decide the outcome.
Tressler and Whitener got the rally going by slapping consecutive singles. Fenner drove in his third run of the game with a base hit. Sargent nailed the coffin shut with a two-run double that put them up by three. Jake Bower’s run scoring single would serve as the final dagger. Sargent pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. Whitener threw three strong innings allowing only one run before giving way to Bud Icenhour who pitched two innings. Every player in Johnson County’s starting lineup had at least one base hit. Fenner led the way, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Sargent drove in two runs and went 2-for-4. Tressler was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Whitener provided a 1-for-2 outing. Greer, Livorsi, Bud Icenhour, Bower and Samuel Icenhour each had a hit.
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