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Rolling Twisters show little mercy for Bradford

Rolling Twisters show little mercy for Bradford
Though the premature ending via the run-rule would suggest otherwise, Union City showed little mercy in routing Bradford for their eighth straight victory — a 20-1 decision on Friday.
UC (15-4) posted season highs for runs and hits (18), exploding for nine runs in the first and eight more in the fourth before the contest was called after the Red Devils were retired in the fifth.
Meanwhile, B’ford’s luck ultimately wasn’t any better when it took on South Fulton on Friday at UC. The local Red Devils prevailed 7-4.
In a game on Saturday, Lake County blanked Obion Central 4-0.
The only softball game over the weekend saw Union City beat Hickman County 5-1.
Today’s baseball slate has Union City at Greenfield in a game that could decided the District 14A North Division championship, while Obion Central entertains Westview and South Fulton hosts Lake County.
BASEBALL
UC 20, Bradford 1
Drake Parker started — literally and figuratively — the damage from the top of the Union City lineup, reaching base in all four of his at-bats. Parker homered and doubled, walked twice, scored four runs and drove in three.
Head coach Jeremy Maddox emptied his bench during the contest, allowing all reserves to see action, with many of those joining in the onslaught.
Luke Searcy joined Matthew Keathley, Caleb Long, Brandon Griffin and Eric Moore were among UC batters with two hits. Griffin had three RBIs, while Long, Moore and Keylon Hyde each knocked in a pair of runs.
Keathley, Long, Griffin and Clay Treece scored two times apiece.
Griffin continued the Tornadoes’ trend of solid pitching efforts, notching his third win in four decisions by allowing but three hits and an unearned run while fanning five and walking just one.
SF 7, Bradford 4
South Fulton scored three runs in the home half of the sixth inning to account for the go-ahead and winning tallies on Friday.
Josh Clement was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Kyle Double doubled during a two-hit outing.
Harrison Hawks and Chance Hamlin had one safety each for the Redmen (10-6).
With the win, SF has won at least 10 games in each of the past three seasons.
On the mound, Curtis Cathey, who hurled four innings and allowed just one hit and one unearned run, got the mound triumph. Cathey struck out seven.
South Fulton starter Kyle Clouse, who struck out four, did not factor into the decision.
SF was without regulars Cody Tatum (sprained ankle) and Ryan Prince (sprained knee). Both are listed as day-to-day.
Lake Co. 4, OC 0
The Rebels’ bats remained silent as they managed just three scattered singles in dropping their fourth consecutive game of the week.
OC (8-12) mustered but four runs and 10 hits combined in those four setbacks
Brady York, Colton Woodward and Tanner Cary were the only Central players to collect hits vs. Falcon hurler Chris Mills, who fanned 12 in recording the shutout on Saturday.
Trey Phipps, the first of three Rebel pitchers, was charged with the loss. He gave up six hits and two runs while striking out seven in three innings.
Camden Napper also surrendered two runs in a three-inning relief stint, but just one hit. He whiffed two.
Mitch Arnett finished up with a scoreless seventh for OC.
SOFTBALL
UC 5, Hickman Co. 1
Three straight two-out RBI singles by Angela Chesteen, Hannah Jackson and Erica Sturkie in the sixth lifted the Lady Tornadoes to their ninth victory.
UC (9-7) was no-hit through five innings before scoring all five of its runs in its last at-bat.
Sadie Hollis won for the seventh time in 10 decisions, fanning eight and scattering just four singles. Hollis walked five batters.

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