Win against hapless Firebirds prevents UC sweep

Win against hapless Firebirds prevents UC sweep
Thank goodness for Farmington.
A win over the hapless Kitty League cellar-dwellers on Sunday kept the Union City Greyhounds from being swept over the weekend after losing a pair of games to Tradewater on Friday and Saturday.
UC, which fell to a season-worst seven games out of first place and four games below .500 after losing 8-0 to the Pirates on Saturday, held off Farmington 4-3 Sunday afternoon.
The ’Hounds are now 13-16 and in fourth place in the six-team league standings, 61/2 games in back on red-hot Fulton, which has won eight straight and stands at 19-9 entering tonight’s games.
Only Marion (11-17) and Farmington, which has won just five of 28 games, are behind Union City.
UC and Farmington wrap up their brief two-game set tonight before the Greyhounds get a two-day break before hosting Fulton for three games, starting Thursday.
The following is a roundup of UC’s weekend action in the Kitty League.
SUNDAY
Union City 4, Farmington 3
Tyler Acker broke out of an 0-for-18 slump with a double, single and two runs batted in to lift the Greyhounds to their lone victory of the weekend.
Brad Lawrence pitched five scoreless innings to get the mound victory and give the ’Hounds a leg up.
Meanwhile, Huntingdon na-tive Spencer Cliftt recorded the save by escaping a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Overall, Cliftt tossed 11/3 innings with two strikeouts, while Justin DeVoe hurled two frames and Matt Phillips got two outs in the eighth before he was pulled.
SATURDAY
Tradewater 8, Union City 0
UC managed just five scattered singles while being shut out for the fifth time this season.
The Pirates have dominated the locals with six wins in the eight meetings between the two clubs.
Tradewater scored three times in both the third and seventh innings with Nathan Wright’s two-run home run highlighting the onslaught.
Jud Stolz was the losing pitcher for Union City, giving up five runs in 51/3 innings.
Matt Phillips was the only Greyhound with multiple hits, collecting two singles in three trips.
Phillips reached base a third time after he was plunked by a pitch.
FRIDAY
Tradewater 8, Union City 7
The Greyhounds blew a 7-5 ninth-inning lead as Michael Finigan’s two-run single capped a three-run Pirate rally against UC reliever Clifft.
Cam Strang went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and Trey Horn had two hits and three RBI in Union City’s losing effort.
Former UC High School prep standout Nate Coleman had two hits in five trips with a run scored and a ribbie.
Four different Tradewater players had two hits with Finigan plating three runs with a pair of base knocks.
The last of three Greyhound hurlers, Clifft was touched for six hits and four runs in 22/3 innings.
Starter Derrick Copley walked five and was charged with three runs in 21/3 frames, while Miles Scribner gave up one run in 31/3 innings.

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