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Bottom UC quartet sings blues to Oilers

Bottom UC quartet sings blues to Oilers
Bottom UC quartet sings blues to Oilers
The bottom of the order turned the Union City Greyhounds’ frowns upside down on Sunday evening.
On a night where the top three hitters combined to go just 2-for-14, the bottom four hitters in the UC batting order finished 7-for-15 with four runs scored and three batted in during a 5-2 besting of the Owensboro Oilers.
The ’Hounds also swept a doubleheader from O’boro on Friday with a 2-1 victory in Game 1 and an 8-3 win in the second contest.
Union City’s only blemish over the weekend came on Saturday evening when the Oilers claimed a 9-0 shutout.
On Sunday, UC trailed 2-1 from the third inning through the top of the sixth.
In the home half of inning No. 6, the Greyhounds rallied with Andrew Edge reaching on an error with one out.
Dustin Phelps followed suit with a single and Nate Izzo drove Edge home on a safety to left-center field to tie the game at 2-all.
Meanwhile, Phelps moved to third, while Izzo advanced to second when the Owensboro center fielder had difficulty picking up the baseball.
Then, leadoff man Robert Lawrence came through in the clutch, chasing both Phelps and Izzo in with a single over the second baseman’s head.
UC also added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh when Keith DePew drove Brian Yeung home.
Union City starting pitcher Brett Wilson struggled through the first inning, but settled down to earn the victory. All totaled, Wilson struck out nine in his seven innings on the hill.
“Brett did a great job of keeping us in the game,” Greyhounds’ head coach Mike Gilner said. “I couldn’t ask for any more. Some times when a guy struggles like he did when he walked three in the first inning, they just keep getting worse, but Brett adjusted and kept us in the game.”
Jon Ivie, who entered play on Sunday with a minuscule 0.70 earned run average, came on in the ninth inning to earn his ninth save of the campaign.
Otherwise, Andrew White got a hold with a three-strikeout eighth inning.
The Greyhounds, who have a 11/2 lead over the Fulton Railroaders in the Kitty League standings, return to action Tuesday evening against the Sikeston Bulls.
SATURDAY
Owensboro 9, Union City 0
For the first time since June 27, the Greyhounds got owned.
Oilers’ starting pitcher Nathan Humphery went the distance, striking out four and allowing just six hits to earn the triumph.
Meanwhile, Owensboro struck for three runs in the third and sixth in the eighth to overcome Union City.
Michael Wills, who absorbed the loss, pitched seven innings and allowed seven hits and three runs.
Reliever Andrew Hawkins tossed the eighth frame and allowed six runs on four hits and three walks.
For UC, Daniel Volk and DePew had two hits apiece, while Lawrence and Edge accounted for one safety apiece.
FRIDAY
UC 2-8, Owensboro 1-3
Union City brought out the broom during Friday’s doubleheader. The Greyhounds triumphed thanks in large part to a pitching staff that allowed just two earned runs over the course of the twinbill.
In Game 1, winning pitcher Chad Boughner went the duration with four strikeouts and just four hits allowed.
Offensively, Yeung and Josh Jones both had two hits, while Yeung and Izzo scored once.
In the second contest, Kevin Henry earned the mound victory, going six innings with three strikeouts.
Ivie pitched a flawless ninth in a non-save opportunity.
At the plate, Justin Guidry had a big evening, finishing a perfect 4-for-4 with one run batted in and one scored, while Edge doubled and drove in three.
Volk also contributed greatly to Friday’s Game 2 win, with a 3-for-4 worksheet and two ribbies.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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