UC, SF ace tests; Rebel start is slow

UC, SF ace tests; Rebel start is slow
The Union City and South Fulton baseball teams aced their first tests of the 2011 campaign Tuesday.
The Twisters routed Gibson County 7-1 in their season debut at Elam Stadium.
Meanwhile, SF owned Gleason during an 11-4 triumph on the road.
Obion Central was the lone casualty of the “Opening Day,” falling 10-1 at Crockett County in the debut of new head coach Chris Smith.
A trend was visible among the victorious squads as each had a winning pitcher with at least 10 strikeouts and allowed two walks or fewer.
For Union City, Clay Treece went five innings and fanned 12, while issuing just one free pass and allowing three hits.
Red Devil hurler Kyle Clouse lasted all seven frames and recorded 10 punchouts. Clouse walked two and scattered seven safeties during his time on the hill.
In news also pertaining to Tuesday’s spring slate, the scheduled softball game between Union City and West Carroll was postponed until March 31.
Today’s slate is slim as only the Obion Central baseball team plays. The Rebels go to Gleason.
The following is a roundup of Tuesday’s games as reported to The Messenger.
UC 7, Gibson Co. 1
After a 1-2-3 top of the first, Union City put enough runs on the board to put the Pioneers away in the home half of the season’s opening frame.
Leadoff man Drake Parker drew the first of his three walks and was sacrificed to second by Cameron Powers. Branson Sherwood singled to plate Sherwood and came around on a Matthew Keathley safety.
Keathley crossed the pay station when Caleb Long singled later in the first.
Long swung the stick best for the Twisters with a 4-for-4 outing, including both of his team’s extra-bast hits (two doubles), two RBI and two runs.
Keathley (2-for-4) was the only other UC player with two hits.
On the mound, Powers came on in relief of Treece and tossed the final two innings.
Union City entertains Westview at 6:30 Thursday evening.
SF 11, Gleason 4
South Fulton had a four-run outburst in the first inning and a five-run fifth to account for more than enough to claim a win on Tuesday.
Red Devil catcher Josh Clement homered during a 3-for-4 outing and totaled four RBI.
SF’s Kendall Greer, who was twice hit by a pitch and walked once, also singled and drove in a pair.
Additionally, South Fulton’s Harrison Hawks doubled and chased home a trio, while Clouse assisted his mound cause by scoring twice as did Ryan Prince.
South Fulton hosts Dresden at 5 Thursday.
Crockett Co. 10, OC 1
The Rebels managed just one hit in their opening outing — a single by Trey Phipps.
Dustin Smyth walked to open the game and scored OC’s only run.
The first inning was critical, according to rookie skipper Smith, who said his team had the bases loaded with just one out before fanning twice and not scoring again.
Central fanned nine times in the contest and issued seven walks while also comitting a handful of errors.
Phipps was the starting and losing hurler and was followed to the mound by Smyth. The two combined for four strikeouts.

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