Union City back on the ‘good’ list

Union City back on the ‘good’ list
The ‘good’ Union City showed up Wednesday at the District 14A baseball tournament.
Playing what head coach Jeremy Maddox called “one of our best games of the year after one of our worst,” the Tornadoes moved in the championship round of the tourney and locked up a spot in next week’s regionals with a 10-0 blanking of Halls.
The win — on the heels of Tuesday’s dismal showing vs. North Division champ and pre-tournament favorite Greenfield — gives UC another shot at the Yellowjackets today and maybe even another.
Union City (22-6) would need to beat the ’Jackets twice today to claim the district title, while G’field (18-6) must win but once to claim the crown and a host role vs. Bruceton in Monday’s Region 7A semifinals. The 14A runnerup will play at District 13 champ Huntingdon on Monday in the other regional semi.
Game 1 of today’s championship round at Greenfield is set to begin at 5 with a second game — if needed — to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Drake Parker smoked a leadoff home run and Branson Sherwood followed one batter later with another solo dinger as the Tornadoes jumped on Halls early Wednesday and erased some of the sting of a forgettable performance the day before vs. Greenfield.
Ace righthander Clay Treece needed only a minimal amount of support as he tossed a brilliant three-hit shutout — using just 57 pitches over seven innings — to win for the eighth time in nine decisions and drop his seasonal earned run average below 1.00.
Treece struck out three and did not walk a batter.
“We were bad Tuesday, but the guys just made a commitment that they weren’t going to let the season end that way and bounced back in a big way,” Maddox continued. “You have to have a short memory in baseball, and we had no lingering effects of Tuesday. I could tell in the dressing room before we left Union City that we were focused and ready to play.
“It all started with Clay Treece on the mound. He really pounded the strike zone. And Drake (Parker) leading off the game with a home run and then Branson (Sherwood) following that up with another really gave us a shot of confidence. We played well when we got on top and never let them (Halls) back in the game.”
UC scored three more runs in the second, two in the third, one in the sixth and then finished off the Tigers with a two-spot in the sixth.
Parker’s stellar offensive showing did not end with his opening frame dinger as he finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Treece helped himself with three hits in four trips with a ribbie and run scored, while Tyler Steward went 2-for-4, driving home a pair of tallies and scoring another.
Cameron Powers had single and a double and a RBI, while Drew Cooley got in on the fun with two runs scored.
“I just really think our seniors weren’t ready for the season to end,” Maddox concluded. “The kids have fought back all season, be it in a game when we fell behind, or in the few instances when we had a bad game.
“They’ve worked hard. And they’ve wanted to fight through what happened on Tuesday.”

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