Despite the miscues, Itawamba reached today's semifinals of the Dizzy Dean 10-Year-Old World Series with an 11-8 victory against East Brainerd, Tenn., at Tupelo's SportsPlex.
Itawamba, 3-0 in this tournament, faces unbeaten Lynn Haven, Fla., also 3-0, at 12:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to Wednesday's championship game.
The loser will fall into Tuesday's 1 p.m. loser's bracket final.
Lynn Haven reached the semifinals with a 14-0 win against Oak Mountain, Ala., in Sunday's other semifinal game.
"We're going to have to play hard to beat them," Johnson said. "We can't have any errors. We can't give them 35 outs like today.
"We were all in the dugout eating our hats. We were trying to give it away."
Itawamba's bats continued to produce big hits. Grant Johnson blasted a two-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the third.
Tyler Patterson also belted a two-run homer in the Northeast Mississippi club's three-run fourth inning to give it an 8-5 lead.
East Brainerd took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a double by Hunter Ricketts and with the help of three Itawamba errors.
The Tennessee team cut Itawamba's lead to 8-7 in the fourth on Ricketts' RBI single and another error.
Itawamba made it 11-7 in the fifth on singles by Dakota Smith, Nathan Wilemon, Bracton Carroll and Drew Hill.
East Brainerd scored on a Cruz Bantista single in the fifth, but couldn't touch Itawamba's slugging Johnson, who came on in relief to strike out three straight to close the game.
"This is good; it's what we wanted to do, be here with no losses," Roy Johnson said. "We've still got plenty of pitching depth."
Johnson, who has three home runs in the tournament, was joined by Russell Bunch, Black, Carroll and Hill with two hits apiece for the winners.
Bantista and Ricketts had two each for East Brainerd.