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UC weathering of storm gives Maddox hope

UC weathering of storm gives Maddox hope
UC weathering of storm gives Maddox hope

Union City’s B.J. Marshall slides in safely during the Twisters’ victory on Thursday.
Union City baseball coach Jeremy Maddox saw hope in Thursday’s 10-6 triumph over Lake County in the Round 1 of the District 14A Tournament.
As a matter of a fact, Maddox was satisfied with the fact that the Tornadoes, who built a 10-3 lead after five innings, didn’t buckle when LC scored three runs in the final two innings as the locals have in similar situations this season.
“Maybe the way we held them off will be good for the team,” Maddox said after the game. “We’ve blown some leads this year and every time a late rally starts for the other team, our dugout is like ‘here we go again.’ Hopefully, this victory can give us some confidence when we’re in situations like this.”
Starting pitcher Colton Speed had plenty of confidence on Thursday.
The senior hurler pitched the first five innings, striking out and allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks.
Rance Barnes came on in the sixth and was tagged for an unearned run, while Kevin Freeman pitched the sixth with two tallies allowed, one of which was earned.
“We’re still making mental mistakes and having lapses,” Maddox said. “But, we swung the bats OK and were able to get some clutch hits to build a big enough cushion to not be walking a thin line at the end.”
Out of all the Tornado batters, Branson Sherwood swung the stick the best statistically, driving in three runs during a 2-for-4 afternoon, a double included.
Camron Sherwood reached three times (twice on errors and once with an RBI triple to the left-center field gap.)
Union City’s best inning was undoubtedly the third. During that frame, the Twisters (14-15) struck for six runs on six hits, an error and a walk to break a 2-all tie.
With one out after a Speed groundout, B.J. Marshall singled and advanced to second when a balk was called on Falcon hurler Gavin Stover.
Shortstop Camron Sherwood, who scored twice during the triumph, blasted his triple to plate Marshall and came home when Will Arnold lifted a sacrifice fly into the outfield.
Catcher Jacob Worley singled with two outs and Stevie Gossett came in as a courtesy runner. Gossett moved to second on a Barnes safety and both advanced one base on a wild pitch.
Then, right fielder Zack Cavness singled to bring the duo home.
Lake County gave the Tornadoes another chance when Tyler Steward-Crume, who scored twice, reached on a throwing error and Branson Sherwood roped a double to score both Cavness and Steward-Crume.
All totaled, LC was guilty of five errors.
“We had a lot of key two out hits and the fourth inning was a good example of that,” Maddox said. “In the postseason, a win is a win period and the longer we can stay in the winner’s bracket the better off we’ll be.”
UC now advances to play Dresden or Halls in Round 2 of the winner’s bracket on Saturday at noon. The Tigers and Lions were supposed to play after the Twisters’ victory on Thursday at Elam Stadium, but the game was rained out.
Instead, it was postponed.
Westview 7, Obion Central 1
The Rebels didn’t help their cause much, committing seven errors and getting just one run.
Adam Alexander (2-4) was the losing pitcher, tagged for four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings of work.
Dustin Smyth tossed the final three innings 3 2/3 innings and allowed four runs.
Offensively, Ethan Davis, who was a perfect 3-for-3, doubled to drive in Smyth for the only Obion Central run.
Brandon King was 2-for-3 for the Rebels (14-17).
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.