Sloppy UC still in prime position

Sloppy UC still in prime position
Even while playing less than its best, Union City is one game away from the District 14A Tournament championship game.
The Tornadoes overcame a pair of sloppy defensive efforts to win twice over the weekend and landed a spot in the winner’s bracket final of the 14A tourney, where they’ll meet top seed and host Greenfield Tuesday night at 7:30 with a spot in the finals and an automatic regional berth at stake.
UC survived a sloppy five-error performance to beat visiting Humboldt 19-8 on Friday night, then beat Halls 9-5 on Saturday evening at Greenfield despite being guilty of four more miscues.
The Twisters (21-5) and Yellowjackets (17-6) are the only two unbeaten teams left after the two rounds of play in the double elimination event.
Among the four teams remaining with one loss that will play in do-or-die loser’s bracket play today is South Fulton, which beat Trenton 12-7 on Friday and then lost 16-7 to Greenfield in a contest that didn’t end until just before midnight Saturday after rain pushed back the original 6:30 p.m. start time.
The Red Devils (16-10) play Lake County today at 5 and, with a win, would remain alive to face the winner of the 7 p.m. Halls-Trenton game at 5 Tuesday before the UC-Greenfield game.
The tournament championship round is slated for Thursday at 5, with a second game to be played — if needed — immediately afterward.
A recap of weekend tourney play follows:
FRIDAY
UC 19, Humboldt 8
The two teams combined for 15 walks, nine errors and five hit batsmen in what could only be described as an unsightly affair.
In all, there were 13 unearned runs scored between the clubs.
After spotting the Vikes a four-run lead in the top of the first with three walks, two errors and hit batter, Union City erupted for nine runs in both its first and second at-bats.
The Tornadoes got just eight hits to plate those 18 runs, aided significantly by multiple misplays by H’boldt.
Cameron Powers, Branson Sherwood and Matthew Keathley had two hits apiece, with Powers and Sherwood driving in three runs. Keathley, Caleb Long and Clay Treece had two ribbies apiece.
Powers, Drake Parker and Drew Cooley all scored three times.
Kevin Freeman pitched the first two innings for UC and Eric Moore toiled the final three frames before the contest was mercifully stopped via the 10-run rule.
SF 12, Trenton 7
The Redmen totaled 16 hits during Friday’s first-round triumph.
Harrison Hawks drove in three runs during a 3-for-5 outing that included a double.
Winning pitcher Kyle Clouse was 3-for-5 with a trio of singles, while Cathey smacked a two-bagger and drove in a pair.
Cody Tatum and Hamlin both also had two hits and one RBI.
Clouse went the distance and struck out three en route to the postseason mound triumph.
SATURDAY
UC 9, Halls 5
Cooley’s three-run homer highlighted a five-run first inning for the locals, who never trailed thereafter.
Cooley singled in two more tallies in the seventh to finish with five RBIs in all while going 2-for-4 as part of Union City’s 10-hit attack.
Parker had three hits and a pair of stolen bases, while Sherwood went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two ribbies. Keathley and Long both scored twice.
Winning pitcher Clay Treece helped himself with a pair of base knocks and gave up just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings. Treece, who struck out a half-dozen and allowed but four hits and two walks, is now 7-1. Parker gave up a two-run dinger to Dustin Smith, but got the final two outs to preserve the victory.
Greenfield 16, SF 7
South Fulton can say it was the first team that truly got to UT Martin signee Dalton Potts this season.
The Redmen scored seven runs off the southpaw, who had only allowed two tallies in his six prior outings.
Ryan Prince was 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Josh Clement finished 2-for-3 with a ribbie.
Chance Hamlin, who was ejected from the game in the top of the seventh inning for intentionally making contact with the Greenfield first baseman, drove in two.
Curtis Cathey also chased in a pair, while William Peery finished the outing 2-for-4.
Prince was the losing pitcher. He tossed 4 1/3 innings and allowed nine runs — one of which was earned, according to the SF scorebook.
Hamllin came on in relief and failed to retire a batter and Cathey threw the final 1 2/3 frames.

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