After the Viola Longhorns opened the spring with a road-win over the Southside-Bee Branch Hornets a couple of weeks ago, the Horns took their second win of the season over the Hornets, March 25 at Viola City Park.
With the victory over one of the traditional powers in Class 1A baseball, Viola ups its mark to a perfect 12-0 on the year.
Jacob Payne picked up the win on the hill for the Horns, fanning eight, while allowing six hits and one walk in the complete-game victory.
Viola plated two runs in the bottom of the first, thanks to a double by Payne and single by Dylan Holstine (two hits, three RBIs).
The Longhorns moved in front 4-0 in the fourth as Austin Gardner scored on a passed ball and Matt Prinner came home on a throwing error.
Three more runs in the sixth rounded out Viola's 7-zip shutout of the Hornets.
Just two days after they topped the Cave City Cavemen in the championship game of the Sharp County Tournament, the Viola Longhorns knocked off the Cavemen again, this time by a count of 8-4 at Viola City Park.
The Horns scored five runs in the second to take control of the game.
Zane Kunz earned the win on the hill and also had two hits and two RBIs at the plate.
Gardner had three hits and one run-batted-in, with Jacob Luther also driving in a run.
In the finals of the Sharp County Tourney March 19 in Cave City, the Horns blasted past the Cavemen 15-0.
Viola crossed the dish seven times in the third and six times in the fourth.
Kunz had three hits and four ribbies, while Dolan Johnston had a pair of hits and one RBI.
Payne was the winning pitcher, giving up four hits and one walk, while fanning one.