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Patriots persevere over Longhorns 10-5

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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KINGSPORT— Baseball can be a simple game but it can also get complicated when you don’t throw strikes and make critical errors. That was the case on Friday night at J. Fred Johnson Stadium in the first round of the District 1-AA tournament for Johnson County.
The Longhorns fell victim to Sullivan East 10-5 in a contest that probably should have been much closer.
Three walks, a bloop double and an infield single helped East take a 4-0 lead in the second inning. And it only got worse two innings later.
“We are our own worst enemy,” said JCHS’ head coach Pete Pavusek. “You can’t overcome things like that and beat a good team like East.”
No statement could have been more true.
The Longhorns would score four times in the seventh inning to cut the margin in half. But a five-run fourth aided by two errors and two walks sent the ‘Horns down into the loser’s bracket to face Sullivan North.
JCHS scored their first run in the fourth on a pair of doubles by Adam Worley and Payton Fenner.
Nick Whitener added a bases-loaded double in the seventh inning to highlight that four-run inning.
“I’m disappointed with the way we played overall,” said Pavusek. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win.”

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