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Red Devils feel burn of another slim defeat

Red Devils feel burn of another slim defeat
Red Devils feel burn of another slim defeat

South Fulton catcher Josh Clement applies a late tag on Gibson County’s Chad McMackin during Friday’s game.
Another close game didn’t go South Fulton’s way.
The Red Devils fell in a contest decided by three or less runs for the sixth time this season, losing 3-1 to Gibson County on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Obion Central baseball team had another stellar outing in a classic/tournament setting.
After falling 13-4 to Covington on Friday in regular-season play, the Rebels bounced back at the Haywood Classic Saturday — routing the host team 13-2 and blanking Bradford 10-0.
In tournament/classic action the past three weekends, OC is 7-2.
Friday’s other game had Union City shut out 14-0 by Henry County.
Today’s slate has UC hosting Halls at 6:30. Obion Central entertains Milan at 4, while SF travels to Lake County for a game slated to start at the same time.
The following is a roundup of Friday and Saturday’s games as reported to The Messenger.
Gibson Co. 3, SF 1
Ryan Prince hurled a complete-game gem, but ended up a tough-luck loser on Friday afternoon.
The Red Devil pitcher struck out 11 and allowed just four hits and three runs (one earned) during his seven innings of work.
Offensively, South Fulton outhit the Pioneers 7-4. However, three errors contributed to the Red Devils’ downfall.
Kendall Greer was 2-for-3, chasing home the only SF run of the game on a long single that came just feet away from being a home run.
Courtesy runner Tyler Morris scored said run.
Otherwise, Prince was 3-for-4 during the defeat, while Cody Tatum and Harrison Hawks both had one safety.
Rebs star at classic
Ethan Davis and winning pitcher Colton Woodward both homered to highlight the Rebels’ six-run third inning during the win over Bradford.
Davis’ dinger was a two-run shot, while Woodward’s home run was of the solo variety.
All totaled, Davis chased home a team-best three against the Red Devils, while Dustin Smyth was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two doubles.
Leadoff man Blake Walton drove in a pair for Obion Central (10-12).
On the mound, Woodward was hard to solve — allowing just a hit, walk and hit batsman. Woodward struck out nine Bradford hitters during the five-inning game.
Patrick Haskins carried the big stick against Haywood with a team-best four ribbies via a triple and a double.
Davis scored twice against the Tomcats, while Woodward doubled and drove in two.
Otherwise, Smyth, Brady York, Trey Phipps and Tanner Cary each had one RBI in the win over Haywood.
During Friday’s defeat at Covington, York absorbed the mound loss, while Davis, Smyth and Nathan Ashley all toed the rubber in relief of the Rebels’ starter, who was pulled from the game after an inning.
Walton, Haskins and York were all 2-for-3 against the Chargers.
Haskins and Phipps each drove in one during that defeat.
Henry Co. 14, UC 0
Matthew Keathley’s two-out single in the home half of the fifth inning broke up the Patriots’ no-hitter bid on Friday evening.
Clay Treece was the losing pitcher.
Henry County scored three runs in every inning except the third — when they scored two — in the game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Union City is now 9-9 on the season.

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