|Rusty Tornadoes too much for Bradford |
Union City shook off a little rust to advance in the District 14A Baseball Tournament.
Union City’s Chase Hamlin looks to the infield umpire to find out he is safe on a stolen base Thursday.
The Tornadoes, playing for just the second time in the last 12 days, overcame four errors to beat Bradford 8-4 Thursday afternoon.
UC, now 13-14-1, will meet Halls (24-6), a 16-1 winner over Greenfield Thursday, in a winner’s bracket semifinal game slated for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Elam Stadium. The Union City field is hosting the remainder of the double-elimination tourney.
Trenton and Humboldt also advanced to the other winner’s bracket semifinal with Thursday wins, Peabody beating Gleason 12-2, and H’boldt blanking Dresden 4-0.
In the District 13AA Tournament at Dyersburg, Milan outslugged Obion Central 15-9, sending the Rebels into the loser’s bracket of that event.
Threatening weather today could alter the original tournament schedules for this afternoon and Saturday.
The 14A tourney will still play two winner’s bracket games on Saturday at 11 and 1:30 p.m., though today’s loser’s bracket contests could be moved to Saturday at 5 and 7:30, if the storms hit.
No contingency plans for the 13AA Tournament have been announced.
Union City 8, Bradford 4
All four Red Devil runs were unearned as a result of UC errors, but the Twisters banged out five hits in a four-run second inning that gave them the lead.
Will Arnold, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI, broke a 1-all tie with a run-scoring double that drove in Will Townes. B.J. Marshall plated a run with a single, and Colton Speed smacked a two-run triple that chased home Marshall and Taylor Bruff, who’d doubled, for a 5-1 Union City lead.
After Bradford crept to within 5-4 in the fourth, the Tornadoes got some insurance with a three-run fifth — aided by two Red Devil misplays — to end the scoring.
Arnold’s two-run single that scored Craig Lowrance and Jacob Worley made it 7-4.
“We had some rust because of not playing, and we had some people playing in some different places because of injuries and sickness that caused us to be a little shaky defensively,” UC coach David Barker said. “Even though we had three intrasquad games, that’s not the same thing as facing live pitching, but I do think we hit the ball fairly well overall after the layoff.”
Speed (6-3) pitched the first six innings and got credit for the victory. He fanned eight and walked four while giving up just three hits. Townes finished up with a scoreless seventh.
UC was without the services of two starters, Camron Sherwood (concussion) and Rance Barnes (sickness).
Milan 15, Central 9
Rebel starter Zach Cloar failed to retire a batter and Milan scored six times in the first to put OC in a hole it could never get out of.
The loss dropped Obion Central (9-20) into a do-or-die matchup against Crockett County, scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. The Cavaliers dropped an 11-5 decision to Westview Thursday.
The Rebels did pound out 11 hits against Milan. Sophomore Ethan Davis carried the biggest OC stick with a pair of home runs — one a three-run shot.
K.C. Covington and Andrew Heuck both went 2-for-4 for the county locals, Covington stroking a double. Caleb Joost and Garrett Osbourne each had two RBI.
Cloar was one of seven Central hurlers to toe the rubber.