By Tim Chambers
CHURCH HILL—Johnson County was soaring toward a road victory until a team of Falcons stole it away in the seventh. Volunteer scored twice in their final at-bat to win a 4-3 decision over the Longhorns.
A walk-off single by Lucas Adkins proved to be the game winner, scoring Brock Jennings who had tied the game with a base hit prior to that.
It was the second time this week that Johnson County had suffered a one-run defeat. They fell to Elizabethton 5-4 on Monday after leading 4-3 to start the seventh.
The Longhorns took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Nick Whitener’s double brought home Samuel Icenhour who had singled. But Volunteer battled back to tie the game on a RBI single by Adkins in the third.
The Falcons took the lead with one swing of the bat in the fourth.
Houston Wilhoit’s solo homer put them on top 2-1. And it stayed that way until the seventh.
The Longhorns tied the game on Samuel Icenhour’s run-scoring single that plated Bud Icenhour who had walked. They made it 3-2 when “Sam I am” came home on a throwing error.
That set the stage for Volunteer’s heroics in their final at bat.
Logan Sargent pitched well despite taking the loss. He allowed seven hits and all were earned.
Samuel Icenhour provided Johnson County a monster game at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Whitener added a base hit and RBI. Payton Fenner and Shane Greer went 1-for-3 apiece.
Adkins had two hits to lead Volunteer. Camden Markham scattered six hits to earn the win for the Falcons.
Volunteer 4, Johnson County 3
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Sargent and Fenner. Markham and Adkins.