Keathley thrills UC in end

Keathley thrills UC in end
Keathley thrills UC in end

Union City’s Tyler Steward gets back to first in time on Friday.
Matthew Keathley started and ended Union City’s scoring against Dyersburg.
Keathley, the Tornadoes’ cleanup hitter, drove in UC’s first run with a two-out single in the opening inning, then cracked a game-winning two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to cap a four-run rally and lift his team to a thrilling 6-5 win over the Trojans Friday at Elam Stadium.
Union City then beat another District 13AA entry, Westview, 9-7, on Saturday to improve to 19-5.
The Twisters will open District 14A Tournament play on Friday in Greenfield.
In other games involving a local baseball squad over the weekend, South Fulton split two games with Gleason, winning 24-16, then losing 3-2.
UC 6, Dyersburg 5
The Tornadoes entered their last at-bat down 5-2 before mounting a stirring comeback.
Branson Sherwood’s bases-loaded two-run single scored Tyler Steward and Drake Parker and sent Cameron Powers to third base.
Keathley then roped a 2-1 pitch from Trojan reliever Braden Anderson over rightfielder Lucas Riddick’s head that drove home the tying and winning run and set off a Purple and Gold celebration.
Both Sherwood and Keathley were 2-for-4 with Sherwood scoring twice and driving in two runs, while Keathley had three RBIs in all. Clay Treece also had a pair of hits for the victors.
Kevin Freeman picked up his fourth pitching win in five decisions with a route-going performance that saw him give up seven hits and three earned runs while fanning three and walking just one.
UC 9, Westview 7
The Tornadoes jumped to a 7-0 lead, then held on to beat Westview in Martin on Saturday.
Both Powers and Caleb Long went 3-for-4 with Powers knocking in a pair of runs to pace the victors offensively.
Brandon Griffin had two hits in five trips to the plate with two ribbies, and Parker scored three runs after reaching bases via a pair of walks and a base knock. Parker swiped three bases.
Eric Moore pitched five innings to get his fourth win and remain unbeaten. Moore gave up five hits and four walks and had to pitch around a couple of errors.
Parker pitched a scoreless seventh and dodged trouble with a pair of walks to get his fifth save while eventually striking out the side.
SF 24-2, Gleason 16-3
The Redmen scored six runs in the first inning, nine in the second, four in the third and five in the fifth in Friday’s Game 1 slugfest.
Cody Tatum, who drove in six runs, was a perfect 4-for-4 and a home run shy of the cycle.
South Fulton’s Kyle Clouse — who was hit by three pitches and walked twice — crossed the pay station on a like number of occasions, while Chance Hamlin drove in five.
Kendall Greer also had two RBI for the Devils as did Harrison Hawks and  winning pitcher Ryan Prince.
In the second contest, Clouse, Tatum and losing pitcher Curtis Cathey all doubled for South Fulton (14-8).
Clouse and Cathey each drove one in.

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