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Battle-tested UC set for title war against Devilettes

Battle-tested UC set for title war against Devilettes
Battle-tested UC set for title war against Devilettes

Katie Townes, Katie Hawks and Allison Bruff all relax after a catch was made during their team’s win on Thursday.
TRENTON — Union City won both of its District 14A Tournament battles on Thursday.
Now, the war for the 14A crown is set to begin this afternoon at 5 against an all-too-familiar South Fulton team.
To get to the 14A championship round, the Lady Tornadoes won a 1-0 pitcher’s duel over Halls to procure a berth in the 14A championship round. UC also defeated Lake County (6-4 in eight innings) to keep the team’s postseason’s hopes alive in the afternoon’s first loser’s bracket contest.
The Devilettes blanked Halls 4-0 in Thursday’s first game to punch their ticket into the 14A title round and Monday’s Region 7A Tournament semifinals.
SF is looking for its 12th district championship of the past 13 seasons.
That said, Union City also had some milestones to brag about after Thursday’s play.
For starters, with the triumph over Halls in the loser’s bracket finale, UC has now reached the 20-win plateau for just the second time in program history.
Also of note is the fact that the Union City program clinched a berth in the Region 7A semifinals for the third time in school history — and in four years.
The winner of today’s 14A title tilt will host McKenzie on Monday, while the loser travels to Huntingdon.
If UC downs the SF girls in the first game this afternoon, a second contest is to be played immediately afterward.
South Fulton defeated Union City 11-0 and 10-0 in the regular season.
Should the field at Trenton not be playable due to the possible inclement weather, play could be moved to South Fulton or Union City this afternoon.
If neither of those fields are playable, the title round would begin — in Trenton, if possible — on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Should Saturday be a washout, the final chance to makeup the championship round would come on Sunday afternoon at 2 in Trenton.
The following is a roundup of Thursday’s action at the District 14A Tournament.
UC 1, Halls 0
Little sister Sadie Hollis gave older sibling Karly Hollis the only run she needed in Thursday’s second win.
The younger redheaded Hollis sibling singled with one out in the third, but wound up at third due to a fielding error in right field.
Olivia Arnold drove Sadie Hollis home with a single laced past the third baseman to plate what turned out to be the winning run.
Union City thought it had scored a tally with two outs in the top of the fourth, but that run was wiped off the scoreboard when the initial call on the field — of fair ball — was overturned.
The controversial play began when Karly Hollis roped what was at first ruled a double down the leftfield line with Allison Bruff scoring from first.
However, after an umpires’ conference, the batted ball was ruled foul and Lady Tiger pitcher Laura Bell eventually induced a groundout to retire the side.
On the mound, Karly Hollis struck out seven and allowed just four hits to lead the Lady Twisters (20-13) to the triumph over Halls, which had swept the season series against UC.
Leadoff lady Angela Chesteen was also noteworthy, reaching in all three of her at-bats with a single and two walks.
UC 6, Lake Co. 4 (8)
Union City struck for three runs in the top of the eighth to break a 3-all tie and eventually survive a scare against the Lady Falcons.
Paige Fisher singled to start the eighth and got to second on a Lake County error.
Then, Bruff singled to put runners at the corners with one out for Katie Townes.
Townes smacked a safety to chase home both Fisher and Bruff.
Townes later scored the third run of the frame when Taylor Hargrove singled.
All totaled, Bruff was 3-for-4 with a RBI against Lake County (12-9), while Fisher finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs.
On the mound, Karly Hollis gained the triumph with five strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings of relief work.
Katie Hawks started the game, lasting the first 4 2/3 innings with five punchouts.
SF 4, Halls 0
Haley McKinney spun a five-hitter as the Devilettes (28-10) knocked the Lady Tigers into the loser’s bracket.
The SF hurler, who struck out three and relied heavily on the defense for back-up, also assisted her own cause with a 2-for-3 day at the plate and two runs.
Red Devil outfielder Katie Bivens gave her team much-needed insurance tallies in the bottom of the sixth when the senior blasted a two-run home run over the wall in straightaway centerfield.
Otherwise, Kacie Daugherty and Macy Maxwell had one ribbie each, while pinch runner Sam Murray scored once.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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