By Tim Chambers
Things continue to get better for the junior high baseball team including their overall record. They ran their total wins to an even dozen after knocking off Happy Valley 15-5 and Cloudland 30-0 this week. They trail Hampton by one game and are 12-2 overall on the seasons.
Johnson County 15
Happy Valley 5
Cody Norris pitched 4 2/3 innings to notch a big conference win for the Horns over Happy Valley.
JCMS set the tone by scoring six times in the first inning.
Petie Pavusek doubled to get things started. Ben Howard reached on an error and Stacy Greer walked to load the bases. Bradley Livorsi and Will Greer belted back-to-back singles allowing three runners to score.
The Horns would send 12 men to the plate in the inning. Pavusek got his second base hit in the frame that scored a run. Howard also smacked a one-bagger giving JCMS a 6-0.
Norris helped his cause by smacking a run scoring double in the third inning.
Johnson County put the game away in the sixth.
The decisive blow was a grand slam inside-the-park homerun by Livorsi that put the game out of reach. Coach Julian Crews spoke about the hit and his team’s play.
“They had to relay the ball twice just to get it back in,” said Crews about Livorsi’s homerun. “It hopped the left centerfield fence. That’s quite a shot for a middle school player.”
Norris had two doubles and a single in addition to pitching the win for Johnson County. Pavusek had a pair of hits and scored three times. Livorsi drove in five runs including his grand slam. Howard and Preston Smith each had base hits. Henson was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.