JOHNSON CITY—The Junior High Longhorns are off and running in the junior high season ending District tournament played at Indian Trail Middle School last week. They bested Cloudland 33-1 in their opening game and then powered past University School 15-4 to move into the finals of the winners’ bracket where they’ll face Hampton on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Johnson County 15
University School 4
The Longhorns scored 12 runs in the second inning after putting three on the board in the first frame.
Dakota Holt and George Grill both singled in the first inning. Peyton Pavusek drove in the first run with a double. The Horns got a RBI fielders’ choice from Dakota Holt and a sacrifice bunt from Graham Reece that plated another one to go up 3-0.
They batted around nearly twice in the following frame that resulted in a dozen runs being scored.
Connor Simcox delivered a huge bases loaded triple to the fence that scored three runs. Pavusek, Holt, Grill and Ezra Howard all had two hits in the inning. Graham Reece and Nate King also knocked in runs with a base hit each.
The Horns put in on cruise control from there with Pavusek picking up the win on the mound with nearly three innings of work. He allowed only one hit and fanned three. He also went 4-for-4 at the plate with 2 doubles.
Holt added a 3-for-4 performance. Grill, Howard and Reece provided two hits each. Tanner Marshall, Simcox and Tyler Bouchelle were 1-for-1 each. Nate King had the other base hit.
The Longhorns ran roughshod over the inexperienced Highlanders in their opening game of the tournament.
Peyton Pavusek and George Grill had three hits each to lead the Horns. Ezra Howard and Tanner Marshall were 2-for- each with a pair of doubles. George Grill, Connor Simcox, Dominic Kelly, Connor Stout and Graham Reece collected one hit apiece.
The quartet pitching staff of Simcox, Holt, Pavusek and Howard threw less than 19 pitches each to silence the Highlanders’ bats.
The Longhorns scored 16 runs in the first inning and during the second. They were also cashed in on 15 walks.