Unstoppable Hitting Leads Horns To Four-Win Weekend

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The Longhorn baseball team isn't exactly playing error-free baseball, so the fact that they won four games this weekend is cause for a closer look into how they pulled it off.

The team played in the Miami Tournament over the weekend and captured four wins and lost only once, because of their impressive hitting, despite committing 19 errors.

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Matt Jones gets an out with a first base stretch in the Longhorns' blowout win against Sedona Tuesday, Feb. 27.

The Longhorns, who now boast a 9-3 record overall, will get a bit of a break this week after suiting up 12 times in the past two weeks. The junior varsity and varsity teams travel to Holbrook today, Tuesday, for their only game this week, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The Horns lost early to Globe last Wednesday, 1-6, in a game that only saw five hits for the Horns.

Jacob Willis performed well at the plate, going 2-for-3 and scoring the only run. He also hurled a complete game. His seven strikeouts weren't enough to deter the Tigers, who got seven hits and five earned runs off Willis.

The lackluster offensive performance against the Tigers would be the only one of the tournament for the Horns, who amassed 58 runs over the next four games.

Against San Carlos on Wednesday, the Horns' 12 runs off 11 hits were enough to overshadow five errors and top the Braves' eight runs.

Willis was a perfect 4-for-4 with two triples and Zak Miller went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Miller also pitched three innings and struck out seven. Reliever Anthony Pearce picked up the win.

The Horns outlasted the San Manuel Miners, 15-12, in their first game Thursday. The team committed six errors but scored in every inning, including a seven-run third to overcome their defensive mishaps.

For the third consecutive game, Willis was on a tear offensively. He blasted two home runs in his 3-for-4 performance, knocking in 6 RBIs. Tyler Savage also reached base three times and tallied four RBIs.

Hunter Haynes earned the win after pitching five innings, striking out six Miners.

Friday was more of the same prowess at the plate for the Horns. They crushed Superior, 18-7, and vandalized Miami, 13-8.

Panthers pitching couldn't contain the Horns, who had a 17-hit performance, including a nine-run fourth inning. Haynes led the team with four RBIs on a 2-for-5 outing, but five other players collected two RBIs. Savage garnered the win.

The hot bats continued against the Vandals -- 14 hits for the Horns, who also had five errors in the game.

Pearce led the charge, fanning seven batters and earning the win. He also went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs at the plate.

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