Messenger Sports Briefs for March 24

Messenger Sports Briefs for March 24

Twisters rally short
in loss to Mustangs

If Union City’s game with Huntingdon had went seven innings, it might have been a different story.
The Twisters rallied for two runs in the fifth and final frame and fell 12-11 in five innings during opening day action at the St. Jude Classic.
Losing pitcher Cameron Powers led the way for UC at the plate with a 2-for-4 outing that included a double and three RBI.
Additionally, Brandon Griffin doubled and drove in a pair, while Branson Sherwood and Drew Cooley each knocked a two-bagger.
Leadoff man Drake Parker hit safely once, walked three times and scored four runs.
Parker also stole three bases.
On the mound, Powers relieved starting pitcher Matthew Keathley, who was pulled after 11⁄3 innings of work with Union City down 8-3.
UC battled back to tie the game at 9-all after three innings to get Keathley off the hook for the decision.
The Twisters (4-2) return to action in the SJC this afternoon at 5:30 against Dresden on the turf at Thompson Field.

USTA meeting date
reported incorrectly

Monday is the correct date for the upcoming United States Tennis Association meeting.
The Messenger was misinformed about the date for said meeting by league organizers.
It will take place on Monday at 6:30 in the Obion County Public Library.
The meeting is open to prospective captains and interested players wanting to form a team, play on a team, or learn more about USTA tennis.  
Plans for the upcoming season will be discussed, including mixed and tri-level leagues.
For more information, call Monty Mooney at 697-5890 or Margie Smith 885-9730.

UT Martin’s Van Zyl
is tennis standout

After guiding the UT Martin tennis team to a victory in the team’s Ohio Valley Conference opener at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, sophomore Johanie Van Zyl was named the league’s adidas Female Tennis Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.
The accolade marks two straight weeks that a Skyhawk has brought home the award as Anna Winkelmann was honored last week.
At Eastern Kentucky, Van Zyl singlehandedly sealed the 4-3 victory for the Skyhawks.
With the match deadlocked at 3-3, it came down to Van Zyl’s match, where she recorded a come-from-behind 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 win.
Earlier in the match, Van Zyl’s 8-5 doubles win alongside Greenfield product Katie McCall began a five-match win streak (three doubles, two singles) for Van Zyl to close out the week.
The Skyhawks (7-7, 3-0 OVC) will look to stay undefeated in league play against Murray State at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at home.

Local Underwood
in pro fight again

Jake Underwood, representing Union City’s Team Relentless mixed martial arts training center, will climb into the cage for his second professional fight on Saturday.
Underwood’s bout will take place at Harrah’s in Tunca as part of Bellator 38.
The show is set to start at 5 p.m. and Underwood enters the fight with a 1-0 record as a pro.

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