The Viola Longhorns made short work of the competition in the 1A-2 West District Tournament April 28 at Viola City Park. They earned the championship hardware once more, blitzing past the Norfork Panthers 13-3 in the title game.
Viola (27-1) took a quick 2-0 lead in the first, thanks to Matt Prinner scoring on a passed ball and a sacrifice fly from Dolan Johnston that plated Jordan Cotter.
The Panthers climbed briefly into the driver's seat with a trio of runs in the second.
Chastan Moser had an RBI-single, while a bases-loaded walk with Zane Harris in the batter's box scored Nofork's second run of the frame.
A fielder's choice from Jacob Braun then gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead.
Viola responded by reeling off 11 straight runs, starting with six in the home-half of the second.
A hit from Austin Gardner scored Jackson Rains and Zane Kunz to get the Horns rolling.
Cotter brought Gardner home with a base hit, followed by a double by Dylan Holstine that drove in a pair.
The Longhorns also scored one run in the stanza thanks to a Norfork error, moving in front 8-3.
Viola upped its margin to 12-3 with runs in the third and fourth, before ending things in the fifth.
Holstine plated Alvin Baltzell to wind down the Horns' 10-run rout of the Panthers.
Johnston was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs on two hits.
He walked three and fanned six along the way.
Holstine finished with three hits and four ribbies, while Gardner had two hits and a pair of RBIs.
In the semi-final round earlier in the afternoon, Viola pounded fourth-seeded Shirley 14-1, making the most out of their seven hits in the game.
The Horns scored seven runs in the first and six in the third to finish off the Blue Devils.
Gardner started off the bottom of the first with a hit, followed by walks to Cotter and Luther that juiced the sacks.
Johnston slammed a three-bagger to right that brought in three runs to give Viola the lead for good.
Kunz logged an RBI-double and two runs came home on Shirley errors.
Viola's last run in the bottom of the first came on a passed ball, staking the home team to a 7-0 lead.
Shirley's lone run of the contest came in the second on an RBI-hit by Shawn Prevost.
In the third, Prinner posted an RBI-single and Corby James scored a run on a squeeze bunt as Viola continued to roll.
Two runs crossed on errors and Prinner scampered home on a wild pitch. Skylar Robbins capped the stanza with a steal of home.
The Longhorns scored another run in the fourth, on a fielder's choice by James that plated Gardner.
Baumunk was the winner on the hill, giving up just three hits and one run, while walking one and fanning eight.