Varsity Game Summaries 2016


The Varsity opened up region play as we traveled to Loganville last night. Loganville is one of the top teams in the state and a heavy favorite to win our region, but our guys weren't intimidated.  The first pitcher we faced was a left-handed pitcher by the name of Mitchell Miller.  He is by far one of the best pitchers I have seen (you will see his name early in the MLB draft!!).  He threw 90-94mph with a curveball that rivaled that of a major league pitcher.  After that, they brought in 2 righties that were pretty much the same.  Your Longhorns didn't care.  We gave them all they could handle.  Nick Tanner was a stud on the mound going 4 2/3 innings, striking out 7 guys and only giving up 3 hits.  With 2 outs in the 4th inning, Tanner handed the ball over to Ethan Bailey who came in and shut the door.  Ethan threw  1 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run that was unearned.

The offensive notables were Nick Tanner who was 1-3 with a double and a run, Thomas Prince who was 1-3 with a RBI single, and Jadyn Jackson who was 0-1 with 2 walks.

Unfortunately, we came up just short losing 3-1, but your Longhorns played their hearts out and left it all on the field!!  Watching them play with the confidence and determination they displayed last night should make everyone in Longhorn nation proud.

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Loganville took the lead in a tight game in the seventh inning, and the Longhorns mounted a rally leaving the bases loaded and were unable to complete the comeback, losing 8-4 in seven innings on Friday.

Offensive standouts were Noah Fritz who reached base three times with a double, scoring one run and driving in one. Matt Gordon was 2-4 with an RBI.


Your Horns brought the lumber last night massing 12 hits and beating the Titans 15-4!

The offensive onslaught was lead by Noah Fritz (4-4 3 singles, 1 triple, 4 RBI, 3 runs), Matt Gordon (2-2  2 doubles, 2 RBI, 1 run), Nick Tanner (2-4 2 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs, 1 SB), Thomas Prince (2-4  2 singles, 3 runs), Matt Rusch (1-2  double, 2 RBI, 1 run), Jackson Strickland (1-2 single, HBP, SAC, 2 RBI, 1 run), Will Johnston (1-2 BB), and Cam Coursey (1-4 3 runs, 2 SB).

Leading the Longhorns on the mound was Cameron Edwards who picked up his first "W" of the season throwing 4 innings and only allowing 5 hits, 1 earned run, walking 0 and striking out 3.

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Lanier jumped out to an early lead on Discovery and captured a 10-4 victory on Wednesday. Nine runs in the first three innings allowed the Longhorns to put the game away early.

3 run B-O-M-B to left center field that still hasn't landed by Noah Fritz and an RBI single by Nick Tanner in the second inning fueled the offense early.

Fritz led the Longhorn offensive (1-1  2 Intentional Walks, 1 Walk, 3 RBI, 1 run) along with Cam Coursey (2-3  2 singles, 1 walk, 1 run, 1 stolen base), and Nick Tanner (2-4  1 single, 1 double, 1 RBI)

On the mound Nick Tanner recorded the win allowing three runs over three innings (5K's, 3BB, 3H). A great relief effort by Matthew Rusch (2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 strikeout), Ethan Bailey (1 inning, 1 hit, 0 earned runs, 1 strikeout), and Noah Fritz (1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 strikeout) combined to seal the win for the Longhorns.


Thomas Prince brought home the go-ahead run to give Lanier their first lead in the seventh inning, and Ethan Bailey shut the door on any  rally Heritage hoped to muster in the bottom half as the Longhorns hung on to beat Heritage 5-3 on Friday in Conyers.

Matthew Rusch singled to get on base in the seventh. He then advanced to third on a single by Jake Fields. After an intentional walk to Cam Coursey, Prince jumped on the first pitch to give the Longhorns their first lead of the night. Aggressive base running created an interference call allowing pinch runner Austin Paschall to score. a passed ball later in the inning gave Coursey enough of an opening to bring in the 5th run.

Heritage scored one run in the seventh on an RBI single by Tyler Minnix. 

Will Johnston earned the win for the Longhorns scattering 8 hits over 6 1/3 innings. He pitched brilliantly allowing three runs, striking out four and walking one. 

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A tight game was decided in the seventh inning as the Longhorns fell to Heritage 4-3 on Saturday. Thomas Prince went a perfect 4-4 at the dish for Lanier. He singled in the first, third, fifth, and seventh innings.


Nick Tanner's brilliant complete game performance and Cam Coursey's (3-4 3 singles, 1RBI) offensive assault led the Longhorns to an important win at Winder Wednesday evening.  In an extremely well played game, Lanier came out of Winder with a much needed region win to keep pace in the playoff picture. 
A shaky 1st inning saw the Horns put two runner's on base with no outs only to come up empty.   In the home half of the 1st, Winder plated 2 runs to put Lanier in  early 2-0 hole.   Nick Tanner steadied the ship and carried the team until the 6th inning when the Horns but together a rally.  Cam Coursey led the inning off with a base hit to LF.  Thomas Prince (2-4 2 singles) followed him with a well-place ball in the 6-hole, not allowing the SS to make a play anywhere.  Cole Paschall came in to pinch run for Prince.  Nick Tanner hit into a Fielders Choice, getting Coursey out at 3B, but leaving Paschall at 2B and Tanner at 1B with 1 out.  Noah Fritz (2-3 2 singles 1 RBI) delivered in the clutch blasting a single to LF to score Paschall.  Heads up base-running put Nick Tanner at 3B on the overthrow to home.  Matt Gordon blasted a sacrifice fly to deep RF allowing Tanner to walk home tying the game at 2-2.  Tanner returned to the mound in the bottom of the 6th to set down the Bulldog's 2, 3 and 4 hitters in order. 
In the 7th inning, Josh Stroud delivered a pinch hit single in the 6-hole that the SS had no play on.  Jackson Strickland got down a
H-U-G-E sacrifice bunt with 2 strikes to get Stroud to 2B with 1 out.  An out later, the Longhorns had the go-ahead run at 2B with 2 outs when Cam Coursey stepped into the box.  Wasting no time and swinging at the first pitch, Coursey blasted a line drive into Left-Center field bringing Stroud home easily to give us the lead 3-2.  In the bottom half of the inning,  Tanner was able to get the 1st batter to pop up to
 Connor Pickett in foul territory for the 1st out.  The next batter absolutely unloaded a double over Fritz's head in CF giving Winder the tying run at 2B with 1 out.  Will Johnston, playing in at 1B expecting a bunt, flashed the leather catching an absolute laser hit at him, and without hesitation, he threw the ball to Cam Coursey at 2B to double-up the runner for the final two outs that sealed the win for the Longhorns.

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Lanier faced a tough pitcher last night in Will Hardigree who allowed only 2 hits in route to a complete game shut out.  The game was never in doubt after the second, as Winder-Barrow scored three runs on an RBI double by Pat Demarco and a two-run single by Skylor Murphy.

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Last night your Varsity Longhorns improved to 5-4 in region play with their 14-0 win over Cedar Shoals.

The offense was lead by Cam Coursey who was a HR shy of the cycle on his dad's birthday!!!  Cam ended up 5-5 on the night with 3 singles, 1 double, 1 triple, 5 runs and 4 RBI's.  Cooper Irwin 
was 1-1 with a single, a walk, and 2 runs,  Nick Tanner was 1-1 with a single, walk, and 2 RBI's, Cole Paschall was 1-2 with a double and 2 RBI's, Jake Fields was 1-2 with a single and a run, Jackson Strickland was 1-3 with a single and 2 RBI's, Thomas Prince was 1-3 with a single and a run, and Ethan Bailey was 1-2 with a single and a run.

The pitching was masterful only allowing 3 hits on the night.  Matt Rusch got the win going 2 innings giving up 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs and striking out 3. Schuyler Pugh threw the 3rd and 4th innings having identical numbers to Rusch (0 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs and 3 strikeouts).  Pugh handed the ball over to Cameron Edwards who came in and pitched well only allowing
2 hits.  Jake Fields came in to close the game out allowing only 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout to close the book on Cedar Shoals.

@Cedar Shoals

On Wednesday, Lanier defeated Cedar Shoals 11-1 in 5 innings to improve to 6-4 in the region and are currently sitting 1 game out of 4th place and a playoff spot. The offense was lead by a multitude of players: Cam Coursey (0-1 2BB, 2R), Thomas Prince (2-2 2 singles, 2R, 1RBI), Nick Tanner (2-2  double, 2RBI), Cole Paschall (1-2  single, R), Schuyler Pugh (1-1 single), Trevor Blackwell (0-0 walk, HBP, RBI), Matt Gordon (1-2 single 1R, 1RBI), Jake Fields (1-2 single, 1R, 1RBI), Lawson Baweja (1-1 double, 1R), Matt Rusch (1-2 single, 1RBI), and
Jackson Strickland (1-1  double, HBP, 2R).

The defense was led by Nick Tanner who went 2 innings, giving up 0 runs, and striking out 3.  Nick handed the ball to Will Johnston who went 2 innings, giving up 1 run (0 earned runs), and striking out 3.  Will then handed the ball off to Ethan Bailey who closed it out going 1 inning, allowing 0 runs, and striking out 1 batter.

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Lanier continued to keep pace in the playoff race with a 9-2 win over Salem Wednesday night.   The Horns were led by Thomas Prince who went 2-3, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the second inning.

Ethan Bailey pitched lights out in relief.  Salem managed just one hit off of the Longhorn pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out four during his two innings of work.

Nick Tanner got it done on the hill on the way to earning the win. He allowed two runs over four innings. Tanner struck out five, walked four and gave up three hits.

 After giving up a run in the top of the first, Lanier answered by scoring three runs in their half.  Two of those came by way of a two-run single by Matthew Rusch.  From their, the Longhorns  put up a crooked number on the scoreboard in 3 more innings to put the game away.

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Lanier kept their playoff drive alive with a 6-2 win over Apalachee Monday night.  After falling behind 2-0 in the first, the Longhorns answered with 3 runs behind a 2 run single from Matt Rusch in their half.  Schuyler Pugh came in to pitch the 2nd and closed the door on the Wildcats over the next 5 innings.  Pugh did not allow a run while giving up only one hit and striking out four.  Thomas Prince pitched the 7th to close the game out.  

Offensively, Lanier used 9 hits to scored their 6 runs.  Other offensive standouts were Noah Fritz ( 3-3, 2R, RBI),  Matt Gordon (2-3, RBI), Nick Tanner ( 1-3, 2R), Jackson Strickland (1-3, 1R).  

Lanier currently sits alone in 4th place in the region with 8 games left on the schedule.

 @Salem | Horns Work, Horns Wait..... Horns Win!

On a night when the lights went out in Georgia (or at least at Salem High School),  Lanier overcame a power outage and a two on, no out bottom of the 7th on their way to a 7-3 extra inning win.

Salem's pitcher Kevin Barham made things difficult early as he struck out 10 over his 6 innings of work, but Lanier kept working at the plate and were rewarded with 8 hits and 7 walks over the same time period to eventually take a 3-2 lead in the 6th.  Salem was able to tie it in the bottom half setting up a wild bottom of the 7th inning.  

With two on and no one out, the lights suddenly went out leaving everyone in the dark.  After a 15 minute delay, Ethan Bailey ( 4 innings, 0 Hits, 1 R - O ER, 4 K's) settled the ship and dominated the strike zone to retire the next 3 Noles to send it to extra innings.  In the 8th inning Austin Paschal (2-4, 1R) got the inning going with a single that open the gates to a 4 run inning that put the game away.

Cam Coursey ( 2-4, 3 R) helped lead the charge with 2 perfect bunts to keep the pressure on the Noles defense allowing Nick Tanner ( 3-5, 2 RBI), Noah Fritz ( 2-4, 1R, 1RBI) and Jackson Strickland (2-4, 1 RBI) to come through with big and timely hits.

 @Apalachee | True Grit and a Clutch Hit Leads Horns to Victory

Facing their third game in three nights, including back to back road trips, it would not have been surprising to see a tired team take the field at Apalachee.  After falling behind 4-0 in the 1st inning, these Horns, showed a true grit and "Held the Line" that has been the calling card of this team all year and simply found a way to get a win.

In the third inning Lanier got things going with 3 runs to climb back into the game.  They scored again in the 4th to tie things up setting the stage for yet another 7th inning thriller. 

Matt Rusch, who was absolutely spectacular holding the Wildcats to only one hit while keeping them off the scoreboard in his 4 plus innings of relief work, gave way to Schuyler Pugh who faced the same two on no out situation Lanier faced the previous night.  With striking similarity, seemingly down to the same type of put outs, Pugh was able to pitch out of trouble sending the game to extra innings.    

After the teams traded outs in the 8th, the game entered the 9th, where Lanier executed all phases of the adage " get 'em on, get 'em over, get 'em in".  Josh Stroud got it going with a lead off walk putting pressure on Apalachee.  Next up was Conner Pickett who got Stroud to second with a sacrifice bunt.  After an out, Cam Cousey  was next to step into the box.  Apalachee had been playing and pitching Coursey (2-5 1 RBI, 2R) away all game leaving a huge void down the right field line.  A mistake left a fast ball on the inner half, and Coursey made them pay buy lacing a two out double into that void scoring Stroud to put Lanier up 5-4.  The lead increased one batter later when Thomas Prince (3-5, 2RBI, 1 R) doubled home Coursey giving the Horns a 6-4 lead they would not relinquish.

Nick Tanner came in the 8th inning and was dominate in his two innings of work making short order of the batters he faced in recording the win.

 @The Ranch | "Kardiac Kids" Strike Again- Horns Win another One 3-2

Lanier upped the ante Friday night.  As if the previous two games of two on no one out were not stressful enough for the fans, the Longhorns loaded the bases in the 7th inning with no one out in a game they led 3-2.   At that point Ethan Bailey got to work.   First, enticing a ground ball to a drawn in Jackson Strickland who fired home to Conner Pickett who then fired to Will Johnston for a well timed double play.  The next batter then hit a rope to deep short where Cam Coursey calmly fielded and fired to first to record the 3rd out sealing the win.  

Thomas Prince was the offensive hero accounting for the only hits the Horns would muster on the night going 2-2 with 2 RBI.  While Nick Tanner showed his mettle all night long working out of several jams in his 6 outstanding innings of work scattering 4 hits while striking out 7.

@Flowery Branch | Longhorns Weather the Storm to Bring Home Another Win

Lanier washed away any hope Flowery Branch had on Monday after four lead changes, earning a 5-2 win.  As a steady rain began to fall the Horns were able to pull out the win thanks to a strong fifth inning. Lanier scored on a two-run single by Nick Tanner plating Connor Pickett and Cam Coursey. both who had singled earlier in the inning

Noah Fritz went a perfect 3-3 doubling in the fourth inning and singles in the first and fifth innings.

The top of the first saw the Horns get off to a quick start and take an early lead, on a Fritz singled, bringing home Thomas Prince.

Schulyer Pugh settled in after the 1st inning and was stellar in his 5 innings of work keeping the Falcons off balance and off the scoreboard scattering 5 hits while striking out 4 in delivering the win.

 @ The Ranch |  Gainesville Halts Horns Win Streak at 8

The energy was electric with the stands full of Students, Parents and Teachers on an night where the players honored those teachers who have inspired them during their time at Lanier High School    Unfortunately, the Horns were unable to complete the evening with a win. Things went south in the 1st inning with Gainesville scoring 9 runs.  Lanier created a few scoring opportunities but were unable to get the big hit that may have sparked a rally to get them back into the game.  Matt Rusch was solid in his 4 2/3 innings of relief work holding Gainesville to one unearned run.  

 Gainesville | Coursey Collects #100
Lanier traveled to Gainesville on Friday Night in a must win game to keep their playoff hopes alive.  Gainesville  jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and while the Horns fought hard, they were not able to put together a rally to get them back into the game.  A shining moment to the evening saw Cam Coursey get his 100th base hit as a Varsity Longhorn in the 5th inning.

 @ The Ranch | Johnston Throws Gem, Coursey Goes Deep In Seniors Home Finale

After a heartfelt Senior Appreciation Ceremony, the Horns put a bow on the final home game for this group of seniors in winning 3-1 over Clarke-Central Monday night.  
Senior Will Johnston was outstanding in 7 shut out innings allowing only one hit and striking out 9 to earn the win.  Offensively, the Horns were led by Senior Cam Coursey
(3-3, 1RBI, 2R) who hammered the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the first over the right field fence to get Lanier on the board.  Nick Tanner (1-3, double) drove home the 2nd run to put the Horns up for good in the 6th inning. Other Horns of note were senior Conner Pickett who was (1-2) and senior Grayson Stark who was solid behind the plate.

@ Clarke Central | Season's Finale

Lanier lost a tough game Wednesday night in the season's final game.  In a 4-3 decision that went 12 innings, the Horns showed a lot of fight and more importantly character in a game that had a few questionable moments. Lanier worked out of several jams with timely pitching and clutch defense, but were unable to create a rally after scoring three in the third inning sparked by a walk by Austin Paschall , a Cam Coursey single, a Nick Tanner RBI double, and Jake Fields RBI single.   4 Lanier pitchers ( Tanner 5 2/3 IP, Pugh 2 IP, Rusch 2 1/3 IP and Fritz 1 1/3 IP) recorded 15 strikeouts on the night while  just surrendering 7 hits over 12 innings.