His story: Johnson, who is 4-0 with an amazing 0.76 ERA this season, started playing baseball since he was six years old. “It got me through tough times and I hope it helps me to continue school beyond graduation,” he said. Among his battles have been suffering from asthma at a young age, which didn't keep him off the field. Johnson also had two surgeries, one on each foot when he was 12 and 13. A small tear to his right rotator cuff and tendonitis at 15 was going to force him out the whole season, but he refused to sit out the season and learned how to pitch, hit and throw with his left arm. He became a switch hitter and pitcher, but is back to being right-hand dominate. “I am extremely grateful and happy to be in the position I am in now.” Johnson plans on attending North Lake College and thanks Coach Mason Griffin, pitching and junior varsity coach at Trinity. Johnson is tied with Wes Engle at 4-0 and has given up two runs in 18 1/3 innings of work.
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Fun fact: If he's not playing baseball, he says he loves to exercise his talent at drawing and do architectural and building material.
He said: “I have really enjoyed playing with my teammates and Coach Will Averitt in the last four years.”
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