|’Hounds repeat bid to be on tough path |
|Posted: Monday, July 28, 2008 10:58 pm |
|If the Union City Greyhounds are to repeat as Kitty League postseason champions, they’ll have to go through three grueling rounds of tournament play to do so. |
The ’Hounds, who beat rival Fulton 2-1 in a best-of-three series to win the three-state wood bat league tournament last season, were forced into a tourney play-in game tonight after dropping a doubleheader to Owensboro on the final date of regular season play Saturday.
The Oilers beat UC 7-6 in 11 innings and then 6-2 to drop the locals to fourth place and 26-24 — nine games in back of regular season champion Tradewater — in the final regular season standings.
As a result, the Greyhounds must play fifth-place Marion tonight at 7:05 at Elam Stadium for the right to advance to the second round of tournament play, where regular season titleist Tradewater (35-15 during the regular season) awaits for a best-of-three series that will begin Tuesday night.
Marion defeated Union City in six of their 10 regular season meetings, but still finished five games behind the Greyhounds in the pecking order with a 20-28 record.
Second place Fulton (29-20) will face the winner of tonight’s other first-round game — either Owensboro or Farmington — in the other best-of-three semifinal series that will also start on Tuesday.
The Railroaders were last year’s regular season champion, rising from the ashes of a last-place finish just two seasons earlier to accomplish that feat.
The league championship series, also a best-of-three set, is slated to begin Friday with games to follow on Saturday and then Sunday, if necessary.
The following is a recap of UC’s Saturday twinbill against O’boro, necessitated by a rainout on Friday
Owensboro 7-6, UC 6-2
Greyhound reliever Spencer Clifft was called for a balk with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to allow the Oilers to push across the winning run in the opener.
The loss spoiled a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate by Union City’s Ace Williams.
Both Ryan O’Gara and Justin Miller had two hits apiece for the ’Hounds, both of Miller’s being doubles.
Trey Horn and Matt Phillips scored twice each, and Jon Ivie drove home two runs for UC.
In the nightcap, the Greyhounds were blanked until their last at-bat before avoiding being shut out with two runs.
Cam Strong and Luke Putnam had RBI for Union City, which managed but four hits in the seven-inning contest.
Miles Scribner was the starter and losing pitcher, touched for four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 51/3 innings.