Johnson County ran their season record to 4-0 with a pair of important conference wins against Sullivan Central on Tuesday. The Longhorns won the first game 11-2 then dominated the second contest 10-0.
Johnson County 11
Sullivan Central 2
The Longhorns grabbed a 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in their win during the first contest. A two-run double off the left field fence by Petie Pavusek scored Jayden Joiner and Ben Howard who had both singled to go up 2-0. Weston Throop added a run-scoring base hit, and freshmen Ethan Icenhour and Asa Lewis both hit safely to up the ante at 5-0.
The Horns scored three times in the third and fifth innings to put the game away.
Reese Stout had a monster
game going 3-for-4 with three RBI’s. Pavusek was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. Throop swatted a pair of base hits and scored twice. Icenhour went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Joiner recorded a base hit with an RBI and run scored.
The day belonged to Ben Howard and Asa Lewis. Howard went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. He also tossed a complete game allowing only two runs to pick up the win for the Horns.
Lewis was 4-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
“I felt like Ben (Howard) pitched a great game and we hit the
ball well,” said JCHS’ head coach Pete Pavusek. “We’re getting
good production from our two freshmen Icenhour and Lewis.
Reese Stout, Ben, and Petie have been hitting it well at the top. I’m very pleased with the way we played.”
Johnson County 10
Sullivan Central 0
Jayden Joiner dominated the Cougars on the mound by allowing only three hits while pitching the shutout win. Joiner threw only 65 pitches in his complete game performance.
The Longhorns scored a solo run in the second then broke the game open with a seven-run third inning outburst.
Back-to-back doubles by Stacy Greer and Weston Throop gave the Horns a 1-0 lead in the second inning. It only got worse for the Cougars in the third.
Ben Howard ripped a triple scoring Joiner who
had singled. Reese Stout drove home Howard
with a two-bagger that was followed by consecutive singles from Throop,
Bradley Livorsi, Ethan Icenhour and Asa Lewis
that inflated their cushion at 8-0.
The Horns scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning that allowed them to walk away with the clean sweep of the Cougars.
Joiner, Howard, Stout, Greer, Throop, and Livorsi had two hits apiece to
pace the Longhorns. Icenhour and Lewis collected one each.
“We kept hitting the baseball all afternoon, and Jayden pitched one heck of a game,” said Throop. “We didn’t expect to be 4-0, but I’m happy with the way that we’ve been playing.”
Sullivan C. 000 200 0 -2
Johnson Co. 503 030 x -11
Johnson Co. 017 02 – 10
Sullivan C. 000 00 -0 WP—Jayden Joiner