|Locals victors on all accounts |
|Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:40 pm |
Tuesday was a good day for all three Obion County baseball teams.
Union City’s Clay Treece throws to first during Tuesday’s victory.
Each local entry was victorious in district play, enhancing their respective standing with the postseason roughly two weeks away for all three teams.
The most dramatic of Tuesday’s triumphs was Union City’s 8-7 extra-inning victory over Greenfield, which had clinched the North Division of District 14A with a win over the Tornadoes on Monday.
Drake Parker singled home Clay Treece with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give UC a thrilling walk-off verdict.
In other action, Obion Central beat Westview for the second time in as many days, 9-5 in District 13AA, while South Fulton completed a two-day sweep of Lake County with a 4-1 triumph in 14A.
The lone game on today’s slate was actually scheduled for Friday, but moved up to accommodate Gibson County, which will host Union City.
The following is a Tuesday recap of games reported to The Messenger.
UC 8, Greenfield 7 (9)
The Tornadoes overcame eight errors to win a wild back-and-forth contest and hand the Yellowjackets their first league loss in six games and drop them to 13-4 overall.
Union City (16-5, 4-2) led 3-0 after scoring in each of the first three frames before G’field put up a six-spot in the top of the fifth. The Twisters then answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to go back up 7-6 before the ’Jackets forced extra innings when Graham Perkins’ single plated Jacob Johnson.
Treece led off the deciding frame with his fourth hit in five at-bats, moved up a base on Tyler Steward’s sacrifice bunt, then took third with Parker batting before the UC leadoff man stroked the game-winner.
Both Treece and Cameron Powers had three RBIs for the Tornadoes, with the latter going 2-for-5 at the plate. Steward went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while teammate Caleb Long also crossed the pay station twice.
Parker, with three shutout innings of relief, earned the pitching win to improve to 2-0. Parker struck out one and allowed two hits during his impressive stint.
Treece started and went 41⁄3 innings with Eric Moore following him to the hill and getting five outs. Though Treece was charged with five runs, only one was earned.
Johnson, Zac Grooms and Peyton Page had two hits apiece for Greenfield.
OC 9, Westview 5
The Rebels (10-12) improved 4-2 in District 13AA play and swept the two-game series with Westview after scoring seven runs in the second inning.
Tanner Cary had three singles and scored two runs for OC, which followed up Monday’s 18-hit onslaught vs. the Chargers with nine more safeties on Tuesday.
Trey Phipps singled, doubled and reached base three times, while winning hurler Brady York drove in a pair of tallies. Camden Napper doubled and scored.
York scattered nine hits and struck out five in going the distance to get credit for the pitching triumph.
Central next plays in the annual Easter Slam at Dyersburg. The Rebels face Halls Thursday at 5, then play Ripley at 10 a.m. and the host club at 2:30 on Friday.
Should OC advance to the championship of the event, it would be played on Saturday.
SF 4, Lake Co. 1
Winning pitcher Kyle Clouse struck out six and scattered just five hits and three walks throughout his seven innings on the hill.
With the latest triumph, Clouse improves to 5-1 on the campaign.
Offensively, Harrison Hawks was 2-for-4 with one ribbie, while Ryan Prince also plated a SF run.
Clouse also helped his mound cause with a 2-for-3 outing that included a double, while Cody Tatum, Tyler Morris and William Peery each added one hit.
The Red Devils (12-6) battle Ballard Memorial on Friday at 5 at the Hickman County Classic.