|Tourney triumph historic for UC |
The postseason may have just started, but Union City is already in unchartered territory.
Union City’ Corey Anne Youree is in the batter’s box with teammate Allison McCullough taking practice swings in the on-deck circle.
The host Lady Twisters recorded a 20th win for the first time in program history while shutting out Trenton 6-0 in the opening round of the District 14A Tournament.
UC scored all of its runs in the first inning to give winning pitcher Karly Hollis all the support she would need.
Hollis finished the outing with seven strikeouts and just two hits allowed to the Lady Tide.
The victory advanced Union City (20-13) into the semifinals of the winner’s bracket, where they will meet Dresden Monday at South Fulton.
The semifinal round and finals of the tournament were to be played at Halls, but the school elected to give its hosting rights to SF due to the fact that only one team from the league’s South division remains in the event.
In other postseason action Thursday, Obion Central advanced into the winner’s bracket of the District 13AA Tournament in Troy with a 6-2 triumph over Milan.
Today’s slate (weather permitting) has the Lady Rebels (14-24) facing Westview at 6 p.m. in Troy. Other games set for today at the 13AA tourney hosted by OCCHS are Dyer County and Dyersburg in the loser’s bracket at 4 p.m. and Crockett County against Gibson County at 8 p.m.
The contingency plan for the tournament in case of rain has today’s scheduled games moving to Monday.
Meanwhile, South Fulton hosts Bradford — a 14-4 victor at Humboldt in play-in action Thursday — in 14A first round play.
Should the rain postpone today’s SF game, it would be played Saturday near midday.
The following is a roundup of Thursday’s games as reported to The Messenger.
Union City 6, Trenton 0
A six-run outburst in the first inning proved to be enough to advance the Lady Twisters forward in the winner’s bracket.
In the opening frame, leadoff hitter Paige Fisher tripled with Corey Anne Youree reaching on an infield single.
Both UC runners scored, as did first baseman Allison McCullough, after her single turned into a four-base play thanks to a three-base error by the Peabody center fielder.
Later in the first, Allison Bruff emptied the bags on a double to chase home the trio of Jade Davis, Maddie Harris and Erica Sturkie for the remainder of the Lady Tornado tallies.
Obion Central 6, Milan 2
The Lady Rebels pounded out eight hits in what head coach Tommy Victory termed “our best hitting game of the year.”
Lauren Robertson went 2-for-4 with Casey Russell and Brooke Ferrell both 1-for-1.
Meanwhile, Laykon Butler and Liesel Grossner each reached once in two tries with winning pitcher Kacee Eaves and Olivia Grady both 1-for-4.
All of the Lady Rebels’ hits were singles.