Longhorns rack up win over Mammoth Spring
The Viola Longhorns jumped in front in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back in a 7-1 conference victory over visiting Mammoth Spring March 16 on a cold and blustery afternoon at Viola City Park.
Will Wilson picked up the win on the bump for the Longhorns (6-2), allowing two hits, while fanning seven and walking six in five innings. Carson Guffey came on in relief and threw two innings of hitless ball, striking out four and issuing one base-on-balls.
Lohan Skaggs worked the first five innings for the Bears (2-2), giving up eight hits, while racking up sevens Ks and walking four. Jared Alexander pitched the last frame for Mammoth Spring, giving up four hits, while walking one and hitting one batter.
Skaggs got on board with a hit in the top of the first for Mammoth Spring and later made his way over to third with two outs. Wilson used a groundout to end the inning and leave Skaggs stuck on third.
The home team started off the bottom of the first with a walk from Jon Martin. Guffey hit safely and after a groundout, Wilson sent a hit to left field that plated Martin and Guffey to stake Viola to a 2-0 lead.
The Longhorns tacked on another run in the bottom of the second, before Mammoth Spring was able to get on the scoreboard in the visitor's half of the third.
With two outs, Skaggs slugged a double to center field. The relay from the outfield was bobbled a couple of times and Skaggs didn't stop running until he had made it all the way in to score.
The Longhorns added another run to their tally in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI-single from Dalton Roark that brought Dalton Brown around to score, making it 4-1, Longhorns, after five innings of play.
With three runs in the home half of the sixth, Viola capped its 7-1 win.
Guffey started things off with a hit that scored Martin for the first run of the sixth. After a walk to Brown, Wilson slammed a double that plated Guffey. The scoring wrapped up on a hit from Keagen Dunn that sent Wilson home to score.
Will Wilson ended the afternoon with a double and two singles, while driving in three runs and scoring one run for Viola. Carson Guffey added three hits, an RBI and also crossed the plate twice. Jon Martin scored three runs and logged two hits. Dalton Roark hit safely and drove in a run, as did Keagen Dunn. Clint Lester doubled, while Kevin Foster finished with a single. Dalton Brown scored a run for the Horns.
Logan Skaggs finished with a double and RBI for Mammoth Spring. Caleb Flynn also hit safely for the Bears.