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Stung Tornadoes down to last shot

Stung Tornadoes down to last shot
Stung Tornadoes down to last shot
At least Union City won’t have to dwell very long on Tuesday night’s 15-3 drubbing at the hands of Greenfield in the District 14A Tournament.
The Tornadoes will take L.H. Ladd Field today at 4:30 — barely 18 hours after Tuesday’s blowout loss — to face Halls with a spot in Thursday’s tourney championship round and next week’s regional at stake.
UC can only hope that there’s no residue from the aforementioned rout vs. G’field left over for this afternoon.
The Yellowjackets pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of six Twister fielding errors and several more mental mistakes to end Tueday’s game via the 10-run mercy rule.
After Union City had plated a pair of runs in the top of the first, Greenfield scored one in the bottom of the frame, four in the second and five times in both the third and fourth to punch their own 14A finals ticket and secure a slot in Monday’s Region 7A semifinals.
The Yellowjackets now get today off to rest and await the victor of this afternoon’s lone contest at Elam Stadium.
“We have to have a short memory. We must forget what happened tonight and show up ready to play tomorrow (today),” Tornado head coach Jeremy Maddox said after Tuesday’s subpar effort. “We made one mistake in the second inning that led to three runs, and we could never stop the bleeding after that.”
Tony Robinson went 3-for-4 with six RBI and both Dalton Potts and Hunter Crouse had three hits and three runs scored apiece for the ’Jackets, who roughed up freshman starter Clay Treece for nine runs (seven earned) and reliever Brandon Griffin for six total tallies (three earned).
Maddox opted for Treece on the hill rather than pitch No. 1 starter Rance Barnes, a senior southpaw, on three days rest. Barnes , who got the win and homered on Friday against Lake County, will toe the rubber for UC (19-14) in today’s do-or-die matchup against Halls, which will be playing its fifth game in six days.
“I feel like we have three good starters and there’s not a lot of difference in them other than both Rance and Zack (Cavness) are seniors and Clay is a freshman,” the UC skipper said. “We looked at a lot of different scenarios, and Greenfield was coming off a game against Halls where they’d faced a lefthander and scored 18 runs.
“Plus, we felt like having a completely-rested Rance Barnes ready for either an elimination game or the championship round if we had won, would be an advantage for us. Hopefully, that will be the case Wednesday.”
Union City got two runs in the first when Drake Parker singled and eventually came home on an error. Alex O’Neil, a courtesy runner for Twister senior catcher Stevie Gossett, accounted for the second of those two tallies on a two-out, RBI single by Will Arnold.
Arnold also drove in the Tornadoes’ other run with a groundout that plated Gossett in the fifth.
“Baseball is game of failures, but it’s important to be able to overcome those failures and not let them linger,” Maddox added. “That’s been the key to our success late in the year, that we’ve overcome failures and adversities.
“We’ll obvioiusly have to overcome a very tough loss on Wednesday if we’re to extend our season.”
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

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