|’Hounds definitely in hunt for title |
|Posted: Monday, July 20, 2009 5:02 pm |
|The Union City Greyhounds are coming down the homestretch of the Kitty League’s regular season. |
And after a weekend split — a 4-2 loss on Saturday and a 7-0 victory on Friday — with the Marion Bobcats, the ’Hounds are just one step behind the league-leading Fulton Railroaders.
Union City, which had Sunday off, returns to action tonight with the opening game of a three-game set at the Tradewater Pirates.
The Greyhounds (25-18 and a game back of Fulton) return to Elam Stadium on Thursday evening with a doubleheader against the Sikeston Bulls. UC also hosts the Bulls in single games on Friday and Saturday night.
The Kitty League playoffs begin next Monday night with play-in games pairing the third-seeded team with the No. 6 squad and the fourth and fifth place finishers in the regular season standings.
The winners of those contests will advance to a three-game series with the first and second place teams from the regular season, respectively.
Marion 4, UC 2
The Bobcats benefited greatly on a night when UC starting pitcher Brett Wilson struggled with his control.
Wilson, who struck out seven, walked eight Marion hitters during his five innings on the mound.
The Bobcats scored three of their four runs off of Wilson.
Offensively, Union City had no players with multi-hit games. Only two Greyhounds had extra-base hits (Brian Yeung and Nate Izzo with a double each).
Winning pitcher Justin O’Brien pitched seven solid innings, striking out 11 and allowing just three hits. Kyle Bugg came on for the final two innings to earn the save.
UC 7, Marion 0
Michael Wills hurled a complete game gem for the ’Hounds — giving up just four hits and striking out seven.
At the plate, second baseman Keith DePew led the charge for Union City. DePew, who hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning, had a grand total of three runs batted in as did Andrew Edge.
Otherwise, Justin Guidry chased one home, while Daniel Volk and Yeung each scored twice.
Losing pitcher Nathan Ball gave up all seven runs and lasted just 41/3 innings.