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SF in better spot; Twisters sit pretty

SF in better spot; Twisters sit pretty
SF in better spot; Twisters sit pretty

Union City’s Stevie Gossett tags out Lake County’s Nick Price after a dropped third strike on Friday.
The most important games of the season are up next for both the Union City and South Fulton baseball teams.
The Twisters, who defeated Lake County 10-2 on Friday and edged Peabody 7-6 in eight innings on Saturday, have a chance to clinch a spot in the District 14A Tournament championship game if they can prevail over Greenfield at 7 Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils must defeat Trenton in the loser’s bracket of the event at 4:30 today (weather permitting) if they hope to continue their 2010 campaign.
SF won its first district tourney game since 2006 on Saturday when it battered Bradford 12-4. The Redmen lost 2-1 to Greenfield in 10 innings on Friday afternoon.
Tonight’s loser’s bracket nightcap has Halls against Humboldt at 7.
SATURDAY
UC 7, Trenton 6 (8)
Leadoff man and winning pitcher Drake Parker earned his take at the plate in Saturday’s eighth inning.
With the game tied at 6-all, the Twister freshman tripled off Tide pitcher Peyton Need and scored when Cameron Powers singled to account for the winning run.
All totaled, Parker, who scored three runs, reached in all five of his at-bats with a pair of hits, two walks and by way of an error on a fielder’s choice.
Otherwise, starting pit-cher Zack Cavness drove in two runs, while Branson Sherwood was 2-for-3 with one ribbie.
Powers, Brady Tidwell, Alex O’Neill and Caleb Long each scored one run for Union City (19-13).
On the mound, Parker gained the mound triumph, striking out six and allowing just two hits in 22/3 innings of relief work.
SF 12, Bradford 4
South Fulton’s got off to a great start on Saturday.
The Red Devils (12-19-1) totaled eight runs in the first inning en route to their first district tourney win in four years.
Jonathan Clouse was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Caleb Turner also hit safely in three of his four trips. Turner drove in a pair of runs.
Red Devils Ryan Prince, Sam Curtis and Kyle Clouse all finished 2-for-4 with a single, double and one ribbie, while Josh Clement, Harrison Hawks and Chance Hamlin each accounted for one hit.
On the mound, Kyle Clouse went the distance, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits to gain the victory.
FRIDAY
UC 10, Lake Co. 2
Winning pitcher Rance Barnes assisted his mound cause greatly at the plate. Barnes knocked a two-run homer during his 3-for-4-outing.
On the mound, Barnes, who struck out five, allowed just four hits and only one of the two runs charged to him was earned.
Aside from Barnes, Long (2-for-3) was the only other Twister with multiple hits.
Tornado catcher Stevie Gossett also scored twice on Friday.
Parker, Cavness, Sher-wood, Will Arnold and Branson Sherwood each came across the pay station once.
Greenfield 2, SF 1 (10)
The Yellowjackets stung South Fulton for the game-winning run in the tenth inning.
Prince started for the Red Devils. The freshman hurler left the game after eight with 10 strikeouts.
Josh Clement absorbed the mount defeat, allowing just a hit and a run in his 11/3 innings on the hill.
Offensively, Prince drove in Jonathan Clouse in the sixth inning for SF’s lone run. Kyle Clouse had the lone South Fulton extra-base hit — a double. Otherwise, Hawks, Clement, Turner and Kendall Greer each singled once.

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