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Warriors bounce Horns from District 6-1

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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KINGSPORT— Johnson County’s 16-run output against Sullivan North on Saturday was nowhere to be found on Sunday. Happy Valley’s Justin Morefield limited the Longhorns to four hits in their 6-1 win in the District 1-AA baseball tournament played at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.
The Longhorns jumped on top 1-0 in the first.
Samuel Icenhour was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Adam Worley. Nick Whitener’s single allowed the Horns to draw first blood.
The Warriors used a pair of base hits by Ryne Baines and Zak Hyder in the bottom half to tie the game at 1-1. Two innings later the momentum would shift.
Samuel Icenhour led off with a triple but was cut down at the plate trying to score on Adam Worley’s fielder’s choice.
Head coach Pete Pavusek had second thoughts about sending Icenhour at that point.
“Maybe I shouldn’t have sent Sam home but their shortstop (Justin Maupin) made a great play to get him,” said Pavusek. “Hand it to their pitcher, Justin Morefield, because he settled down and started mixing in the curve ball which threw us off-balance a little bit. We just had a hard time getting base runners after the triple. We just didn’t really do anything productive at the plate.”
Whitener would collect his second hit two batters later. It was the final hit in the game for Johnson County.
Happy Valley got two towering homeruns by Hunter Townsend in the third and sixth frames. His second one was drilled off the right field scoreboard.
“We started to walk him that last time but I was afraid their fans would come after me with pitchforks and torches,” smiled Pavusek. “I wanted to but I was a pitch late.”
Hyder had a pair of hits and RBIs for the Tribe now 21-12. Baines added a pair of hits as did Bailey Conley.

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