|Union City a worthy contender |
|Posted: Monday, July 28, 2008 10:58 pm |
|Union City’s 9-year-old Cal Ripken All Stars proved worthy of their spot in the Southeast Regional Tournament by finishing in fifth place in the 10-team event in Stafford, Va. |
The local glitter unit won their first two games, before dropping a pair on Saturday and being eliminated with the second of those two losses.
UC defeated Charlotte, N.C., 13-4 on Friday afternoon, one day after beating the Alabama state champions 16-5 in their opening round game the afternoon before.
Union City broke a 4-all tie with nine unanswered runs, pounding out 19 hits in the process.
Jack Guess led the victory parade with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate, while Jordan Fowler was perfect in three at-bats and Cooper Hurt went 3-for-4.
Jon David Fuzzell, Clint Baker, Sam Guess and Hayden Smith contributed two base knocks apiece.
Fowler, the second of three Union City pitchers during the victory, got credit for the win.
Fuzzell started, and Jack Guess finished up.
Union City tasted defeat for the first time in the tourney in a 10-5 setback vs. Wayne County, the representative from eastern North Carolina.
Baker, Hurt and Fowler had two hits each and the locals clawed back into contention and within 6-5 after falling behind big early.
Jack Guess was charged with the pitching loss and was followed to the hill by brother Sam and Fowler.
UC saw its time in the event come to a halt with a 5-0 loss to the host Stafford club later on Saturday.
The locals managed just four scattered singles with Baker, Hurt, and the Guess twins each accounting for a hit during the defeat.
Fuzzell was saddled with the hill defeat before getting relief aid from Jack Guess.
The team’s 161/2-hour bus ride to the tournament site and subsequent return included several educational stops along the way, according to head coach Jon Fuzzell.
The youths visited with U.S. Rep. John Tanner at the White House, and also toured the Smithsonian Institute, among other tours.
“It was a great experience for the kids, both from a baseball standpoint, and some of the other things they got to do,” Fuzzell said.