With the tournament on the line the Longhorns came into their third game of the District 1AA championship after a very close win over the Sullivan North Raiders. The weather was far from perfect Sunday evening, with a steady rain soaking the field and leaving the bases and the mound at Milligan College a soggy mess. Despite that fact, the Longhorns still put forth their best effort against the Sullivan East Patriots.
Having already lost their first tournament game to the Patriots just days before, Johnson County hoped to redeem themselves with a victory this time around. If anything this game pointed out several of the big challenges the team has faced all season. The biggest and most primary problem was a lack of confidence at bat.
Johnson County had only three hits for the entire game, with one of those coming from senior Judd Hammons, who has possibly been the most consistent hitter this year. Both of the other two came from fellow senior Daniel Helm. There were a couple walks for Ryan Mahala and Jacob Henson, but despite these few advances, Johnson County never really got on base.
Having pitched Ryan Mahala the night before, JCHS coaching staff took a gamble and started freshman Logan Sargent on the mound. Although Sargent pitched a no hitter against Cloudland a few nights earlier, he did not have as much luck against the Patriots, and with three runs and a walk in the first inning, Coach Peter Pavusek decided to put in senior pitcher Andy Woods.
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