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Horns top Southside

Thursday, March 26, 2009

IN CONTROL: Jordan Cotter fires a pitch to the plate against Southside March 21. Viola beat the Southerners 4-3. Photo/Mullins
The Viola Longhorns got a huge pick-me-up from Blaine Sanders in the consolation round of the Sharp County Invitational Tournament March 21 in Cave City.

Tied with the Southside Southerners at 3-all entering the top of the fifth inning, Sanders picked up the game-winning RBI with a huge double to deep right field that scored Jesse Shrable to give the Longhorns a 4-3 victory over Southside.

Jordan Cotter earned the win on the hill for the Horns, giving up five hits, while walking two and striking out three in six innings of work.

Viola posted the first run of the day in the top of the first inning.

Dolan Johnston led off with a base-on-balls and Matt Prinner moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. Jacob Payne sent Johnston to third on a fielder's choice and Jacob Luther followed by getting plunked by a pitch.

With Cotter in the batter's box, Johnston came scampering home from third on a wild pitch to give the Horns a 1-0 lead.

Southside answered quickly in the home-half of the first with a pair of sacrifice flies that drove in two runs for the Southerners.

In the top of the third, Viola sent two runners across the plate to move in front 3-2.

Luther slugged a double to left and Dillion Holstine got on board with a shot to center. Shrable picked up a ribbie with a hit to left that brought home Luther for Viola's first tally of the frame. Blake Baumunk then drove a hit to left that loaded the bases for Sanders. He came through with his first RBI of the day, a base-on-balls that brought in Holestine for a 3-2 Viola lead.

Southside tied the game at 3-all in the bottom of the third, but the Horns had the last say on the day, thanks to Sanders' huge RBI-double in the top of the fifth.

The Southerners got the tying run on base in the bottom of the sixth, but Luther gunned the runner down trying to swipe second to preserve the Longhorns' victory over Southside.

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