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3rd time not charm for UC

3rd time not charm for UC
3rd time not charm for UC

Union City’s Drake Parker breaks for third on a fly ball during Wednesday’s loss.
GREENFIELD — Third time wasn’t the charm for the Union City baseball team.
The Twisters “imploded” as termed by head coach Jeremy Maddox in the fifth inning as Greenfield turned what was a one run game up until that point into an 11-1 victory via the mercy rule.
The defeat in the title game of the Region 7A Tournament was the third of the postseason for UC against Greenfield and the fourth in five outings this spring.
“The bad thing about tonight is that we got beat 11-1 in the region title game,” Maddox said. “That’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s not the end of the road.
“We’ve been pretty resilient this year after bad outings and losses and I fully expect this team to bounce back and dig in for a battle on Friday. We’ve got some good baseball players on this team. They just need to show up for the most important game of their life on Friday.”
The Twisters (21-16) play on Friday (weather permitting) at Riverside (29-5) in a 5 p.m. contest with a berth in the Class A State Tournament on the line. Greenfield hosts Adamsville the same afternoon in another Class A sectional game.
If the UC game at Parsons is postponed due to inclement weather, the two teams would battle on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Union City starting pitcher Zack Cavness was chugging along with a slim 2-1 deficit when the bottom of the fifth inning began.
Yellowjacket catcher Tyler Jones drew a walk to lead off the frame and winning pitcher Heath Crouse blasted a home run over the fence in right-center field to put Greenfield ahead by a 4-1 tally.
After the long ball, Cavness was unable to find his rhythm again.
The next hitter, Jacob Johnson, was hit on the next pitch.
Then, Graham Perkins singled to put a pair on, while Payton Page and Ty Smithson were both plunked by Cavness.
Twister freshman Clay Treece came on with the bases loaded and no one out in a 5-1 game.
Hunter Crouse, the first hitter he faced, singled as Perkins beat the throw to the plate on a forceout attempt and a walk to Tony Robinson gave pinch-runner Dakota Bills a free jog to the plate.
With Greenfield up 7-1, Dalton Potts roped a ground-rule double to right field, chasing both Smithson and Hunter Crouse in.
Jones was then hit by a pitch to load the bases again and Heath Crouse got his third RBI of the frame when he skied a fly ball to the outfield to drive in Robinson.
The game-ending run came two batters later when Perkins singled Potts home to end the contest in five frames.
Prior to the fifth, Union City held steady with the District 14A champion ’Jackets.
As a matter of fact, the Twisters even drew first blood with a run in the top of the second.
In that frame UC second baseman Branson Sher-wood beat out a ground ball for an infield single and stole second to give the locals a runner in scoring position with no one out.
After a Will Arnold fly out, Sherwood scampered to third on a passed ball.
The Union City junior came home when senior first baseman Rance Barnes singled.
On the mound, Heath Crouse spun a four-hitter, depending largely on his defense with just three strikeouts on the evening.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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