The Longhorns, led by Coach Randy Rhino, were off to a strong start Memorial Day weekend, winning their first game of the season with an amazing 9-1 victory over the Charlie Culberson Baseball Blue at the Memorial Day Classic Tournament at Adams Park in Kennesaw.
The only things hotter than the blazing hot weather were the Longhorns’ blazing hot bats, with Jhenya DeCarlo going 3-for-3. Emmet Campbell hit a triple (his first of two in the tournament) and a single by Austin Rhino led the team into a four-run rally in the fifth inning. Tucker Martin and several of his teammates stole multiple bases for an impressive 11 bases stolen total!
Many of these boys have played baseball with one another for years, and that was evident by the solid teamwork on defense, led by Tucker starting on the mound and striking out four batters.
The Longhorns went on to crush the Hopewell Hawks with another 9-1 victory Saturday afternoon, scoring five runs in just the second inning. Will Dunton and James Lester had multiple hits in Saturday’s afternoon game, including Will’s thrilling 3rdinning triple!
Austin Rhino commanded the pitcher’s mound, allowing zero hits and striking out two batters before the end of the second inning. Jack Mobley and Charlie Wilson also delivered strong innings on the mound, with Briggs Foust and Tucker Martin catching.
The tournament continued Sunday but in a tough break for the Longhorns, the wins, sadly did not.
In an exciting pitcher’s duel, Cole Cravens started the game for the Longhorns, recording 11 outs with some amazing plays by both the infield and the outfield.
Both teams were strong on the hill on Sunday, but Rawlings Southeast 12U was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over NYO Longhorns 12U on Sunday. Cole C started the game for NYO Longhorns, striking out three batters. Isaac Wolf and James Lester also delivered strong pitching performances.
The Longhorns were down 3-1 at the top of the sixth inning, but still fighting! With Isaac Pitching, it was three up, three down with just minutes left for the Longhorns to get those bats going and come from behind. With hits from Jack Mobley and Benjamin Harrison, the team brought the score up to 3-2 but the nail-biter ended with a couple of pop-ups.
The Longhorns lost despite out-hitting Rawlings Southeast 12U seven to four but Coach Rhino said their performance and teamwork indicated they are a strong team and very capable of having an amazing season. Thanks also to Assistant Coaches Kelley Rhino, John Mobley and Kyle Dunton!