|Twisters outshine McKenzie |
|Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 5:13 pm |
|Union City eventually had fun in the sun on Saturday. |
The Twisters, under the guidance of assistant coach Jason Qualls, held off the host team’s late rally to celebrate a 5-4 afternoon triumph.
Qualls was in charge of the Tornado team while head coach Jeremy Maddox was in Florida, mourning the death of his grandmother.
The victory came after UC fell 13-6 at Henry County on Friday.
Other weekend baseball action had Obion Central 0-4 at the Tullahoma Invitational.
The Rebels lost on Saturday to Shelbyville and Franklin County by respective finals of 13-8 and 10-2.
OC also fell twice on Friday to Tullahoma (11-7) and White House (15-5).
Today’s baseball slate has Central at home against Westview, UC at Greenfield and South Fulton at Humboldt.
Twisters get split
Zack Cavness scored twice and drove in a run to lead the Tornadoes to their Saturday win.
Offensively, Will Arnold and Rance Barnes each had a run batted in, while Branson Sherwood, Stevie Gossett and Caleb Long all scored once.
Leadoff man Drake Parker was 3-for-3 with four stolen bases for Union City (11-11).
Brandon Griffin claimed the mound win, lasting five innings and allowing three runs (one earned).
Sherwood tossed the final two frames to earn the save.
McKenzie, which trailed 5-1 after 41/2 innings, came within a run of tying the game with two tallies in the fifth and one in the sixth.
On Friday, Gossett knocked a grand slam and drove in a total of five runs, while Parker was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Cavness also had a pair of safeties against the Patriots.
Sherwood, Cavness and Cameron Powers all scored once against Henry County.
Eric Moore was the losing pitcher on Friday.
Moore threw the first 32/3 innings.
Clay Treece came on for the final 21/3 innings against the Patriots, who defeated UC for the second consecutive Friday.
All totaled, the Twisters left seven runners on base.
OC winless on road
The Rebels (11-18) held a 4-1 advantage over Shelbyville after two innings during the county locals’ last game at Tullahoma.
S’ville rallied for five in the third and seven more in the fifth to claim the victory.
Franklin County scored four in the fourth inning and six in the fifth en route to their eight-run win over Central.
Meanwhile, OC got just single tallies in both the fifth and seventh.
Patrick Haskins and losing pitcher Colton Woodward were both 2-for-3 in that defeat with the former responsible for one RBI and the latter good for a double.
Ethan Davis and Dustin Smyth each scored once against FC.
In the defeat to Tullahoma, the Rebels were down 7-0 after one inning.
Obion Central battled back with a single run in the second and five in the third to trail by an 8-6 margin.
Then, Tullahoma (20-3) added two in the fourth and one in the fifth for a cushion that would hold up the rest of the game.
Mikey Arnett doubled and drove in four runs for the Rebels, while Dustin Smyth was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of two-base hits, a run scored and one ribbie.
Trey Phipps finished 2-for-3 with two runs.
On the mound, Nathan Ashley was saddled with the defeat.
Against White House, three big innings were the undoing of OC.
WH struck for four runs in the first, five in the second and six in the sixth inning en route to the 10-run win.
Smyth was the losing pitcher.
Patrick Haskins had the lone Rebel extra-base hit — a triple — and drove in one.
Brady York also chased one across the pay station, while Phipps, Trevor Riley and Tanner Cary each scored once.