By Tim Chambers
Johnson County watched a 4-3 lead against Elizabethton slip away in the final inning like a greasy pig would its pursuers. The Cyclones took advantage of some miscues and knocked off the Longhorns 5-4 on Monday afternoon at Joe O’Brien Field.
It was a tough pill to swallow especially for Johnson County ace Nick Whitener who pitched his heart out. Three of the five runs they scored were unearned. He allowed eight hits, struck out four and walked none while going the distance. But it still wasn’t enough to get the victory.
Whitener helped his cause by driving in Daniel Livorsi who had walked with a single in the third. Elizabethton got an RBI single by Drew Wetzell in the bottom half that scored Gage Treadway who had doubled.
The game was tied at 1-1.
The Cyclones stretched it to 3-1 in the following frame after getting Bo Pless on by way of an infield error. Cory Russell’s triple brought Pless home, then he later scored on John Lee’s groundout.
Johnson County dug deep in the well and mounted a 3-run rally in the fifth inning to retake the lead at 4-3 and it could have been more had it not been for ‘Betsy’s defense.
Daniel Livorsi walked but was thrown out at home trying to score. Back-to-back singles by Samuel Icenhour and Alex Tressler got things restarted and Whitener was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Peyton Fenner’s two-run single tied the game at 3-3. Shane Greer picked up an RBI when his sac fly was dropped in left for an error.
Johnson County led 4-3.
The Horns wasted a pair of singles by Whitener and Fenner in the seventh. Elizabethton would steal the momentum at that point and five batters later stole the game.
Jesse Carr’s routine grounder got mishandled that started the rally. Wetzel ripped a single and Ethan Eggleston was intentionally walked to load the bases.
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