|Day 1 not good for UC |
|Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 8:59 pm |
|The Cal Ripken Rookie League Southeast Regional did not start the way the Union City team would have hoped. |
The host squad fell in both of its games Thursday with a 16-1 loss to Winterville (North Carolina) around midday and a 20-0 blanking later in the evening to Jacksonville Beach (North Florida).
UC returned to action this morning at 9 with a pool play game against Tillman’s Corner, Ala. The locals will end pool play later today with a 6 p.m. match-up against Buckhead, Ga.
In order for Union City to place in the top three in its division (West) within the National bracket and advance to the elimination tournament portion of the event set to start Saturday, the locals must win twice today.
On Thursday, UC mustered just two hits in its first loss of the day. Ashton Webb was a perfect 1-for-1 during the defeat.
In the nightcap downfall to JB, the locals committed a total of ten errors with Austin Atwill, Ben Tucker and Wilton Wade each good for one safety.
Otherwise, for Tennessee teams in the American bracket, Decatur County fell in both of its games (10-1 to Ocee Park, Ga., and 9-5 to West Raleigh, N.C.) on the first day while Franklin was able to procure a split thanks to a 7-5 edging of Santa Fe, Fla., Thursday afternoon.
The Middle Tennessee champions fell earlier in the day to West Raleigh 6-2.
West Raleigh 6, Franklin 2
Josh Plummer was a home run shy of the cycle, but it was not enough in Franklin’s loss to the East North Carolina champion.
Franklin 7, Santa Fe 5
Plummer got his home run that he missed during his team’s earlier loss with a shot that cleared the “Mini-Monster” in left field at the Cal Ripken Minor League Field to lead Franklin to a win.
For SF, Danny Sarmiento, Garrett Hodsdon and Brayton Cauchon were all 2-for-3.
West Raleigh 9, Decatur Co. 5
DC outhit the East North Carolina runner-up 12-11, but the Tennessee team ultimately lost the battle in the run column.
Ocee Park 10, Decatur Co. 1
The Georgia champion connected for 15 hits with Matthew Downing and Matthew Gravely both a perfect 3-for-3 during the drubbing of DC.
Ocee Park 9, Santa Fe 8
Joseph Gandolpho was 2-for-3 to pace OP to its second win.
Meanwhile, James Sapp was 3-for-4 for SF and Kyle Macalingdon went 2-for-3 during the loss.
T. Corner 10, Buckhead 7
The Alabama champion was led by Dalton Rone, who legged out a pair of triples, during his team’s victory over the Georgia runner-up.
T. Corner 11, Winterville 1
TC grinded out 11 hits for a like number of runs behind Rone’s 3-for-3 game and Hunter Hinton’s 2-for-3 outing.
Buckhead 9, Jax. Beach 4
Evan Mapes reached three times in three plate appearances and John Station contributed two safeties during the Georgia champion’s win.
For JB, Padgett was a triple shy of the cycle with Callihan and Austin Knight each 2-for-3.