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‘Branson’ show a hit for Twisters; Bell is OC ringer

‘Branson’ show a hit for Twisters; Bell is OC ringer
‘Branson’ show a hit for Twisters; Bell is OC ringer

Union City’s Branson Sherwood trots to home plate after a home run during his team’s 12-1 victory over Obion Central on Friday.
About half the fans from both Union City and Obion Central went home happy from Friday night’s baseball/softball doubleheader.
For starters, the UC baseball team — powered by the two-home-run and eight-RBI performance of second baseman Branson Sherwood — spanked the Rebels 12-1 in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
On the softball diamond, Central extracted a measure of revenge for their school with a 9-1 triumph over the Lady Tornadoes.
Today’s slate (weather permitting) has Lake County at Union City (6:30) and Trenton at South Fulton (5:30) on the baseball diamond.
UC is also set to host Westview at 6 this evening in softball, while OC is scheduled to travel to Ripley for a District 13AA contest slated for a 6:30 start time.
UC 12, OC 1
Sherwood homered in both the first and second innings to help UC to a 6-0 advantage.
The first of the UC second baseman’s long flies was a two-run shot, while the other was a grand slam.
Additionally, Twister third baseman Zack Cavness drove in a pair and finished 2-for-3.
Cameron Powers also had two hits for Union City, which got at least one run from seven of its nine hitters.
On the mound, Rance Barnes went the distance, allowing just two hits and two walks in five innings of work.
The Golden Tornadoes (3-0) struck for two runs in the first inning, four in the second and six in the fifth.
Obion Central (1-3) got its lone tally in the home half of the fourth when Colton Woodward plated Ethan Davis.
Brady York was the losing pitcher, lasting 4 1/3 innings and allowing nine runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk.
The OC baseball team returns to action Wednesday at 5:30 against Dresden in the St. Jude Classic.
OC 9, UC 1
Lady Rebel pitcher Maddie Bell was almost unhittable on Friday night.
The OC junior allowed just one hit and issued two walks during the county locals’ win.
Olivia Grady, Liesel Grossner and Brooke Ferrell all finished 2-for-3 for the Lady Rebels.
Grossner had a triple, while Grady smacked a double during Central’s four-run third inning.
Otherwise, Casey Russell, Ashley Redenour and Bell each had a two-bagger for Central (3-0).
Union City (0-3) got its lone hit from Katie Townes and Hannah Jackson scored the team’s only run.
Karly Hollis was the losing pitcher.

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