Golden Raiders dismiss 'Horns

By Ivan Sanders

   Just like in the cartoons when Bugs Bunny went against El Toro and drove the bull insane, the Raiders of Sullivan North had the same effect against the Longhorns of Johnson County on Saturday evening in the final game in the opening round of District 1-AA baseball tournament action.
   The host Raiders used a combination of hitting, running, and effective mound work to bring an end to Johnson County's season with a 11-1 six inning contest at Hunter Wright Stadium.
   The Raiders struck early and often against a 'Horn team that really never gave up. North pitcher Brandon Summey cruised through the 'Horns like a knife through butter as the hurler recorded 10 of the 18 outs on strikeouts in the game.
   North tallied one in the first, two in the third, four in the fourth, and four in the sixth inning to take the game by the 10-run rule.
   One of the big hits for the Raiders was a towering three run shot off the bat of Josh Jenkins in the fourth inning.Jenkins finished with a 3 for 3 day with four RBI's.
   Chuck Odom also reached a milestone by tying his own school record of 44 RBI's in a season as he reached that plateau in the sixth inning with a RBI double to complete a 2 for 4 performance with a triple as well.
   The Longhorns finally broke the ice in the sixth as Matt McQueen reached on a single. With two outs, designated hitter Jon Arnold singled to advance McQueen.
   'Horn catcher Jeff Lewis picked up an RBI with a single to score McQueen with the only positive offense JC could muster for the game as Summey allowed only four hits to the 'Horns for the contest.
   Johnson County showed some good defense by turning two double plays in the contest, but without getting the bats going against Summey they had little chance of advancing.
   For the Longhorns, they concluded a solid season as they finished with a 13-12 overall record.
   The Raiders will now advance to face the surprise of the tournament so far in Elizabethton who defeated No. 2 seeded Central.
   North and Elizabethton meet in the nightcap on Monday at Hunter Wright Stadium at 7:30 p.m. in the double elimination portion of the tournament.