Twisters unable to solve GF ace

Twisters unable to solve GF ace
Twisters unable to solve GF ace

Union City’s Keylon Hyde gets to second safely ahead of the throw on Thursday.
Apparently, some assembly was required for the District 14A championship.
Union City wasn’t able to put it together.
Though the Twisters were only outhit by two safeties, the locals were unable to string together a big inning during Thursday’s 7-1 defeat in the finals of the District 14A Tournament against host Greenfield.
As a matter of fact, UC only had one multi-hit inning — the sixth frame, which coincidentally was the only inning in which the Twisters scored.
“We couldn’t put our hits together and they did in the first couple of innings,” Twister coach Jeremy Maddox said. “That’s the difference in the ball game. I felt like we played a solid game, they just got some timely hits early and built a cushion that we couldn’t overcome.
“(Dalton) Potts pitched a good game for them and we couldn’t get going. We had a hard time mustering up any offense.”
On the other side of the field, the Yellowjackets scored two tallies in the first frame when Heath Crouse homered to plate both himself and Dalton Potts and added four more in the second inning before Union City starter Eric Moore settled into a groove. After the second frame, Moore allowed just two hits and walked one.
“Eric found his groove, but he was a little nervous to start,” Maddox said. “He missed his location on the pitch to Crouse and he was able to take it out of the park. Good teams will take advantage of mistakes like that and Greenfield did.”
With the defeat, UC will play on Monday at Huntingdon in the Region 7A Tournament semifinals. The situation is identical to where the Twisters were at this juncture in the postseason last year.
One year ago, Union City went to H’don and won to advance to the sectional portion of the playoffs, where they were defeated by eventual state champion Riverside.
The start time for Monday’s game at the Mustangs’ field has yet to be announced, although the rumor mill on Thursday told of an early first pitch due to Huntingdon’s graduation ceremony that evening.
On Thursday, the Yellowjackets (19-6) scored enough tallies in the first inning to claim the triumph. Dalton Potts singled with one out in said frame and No. 3 spot hitter Heath Crouse went yard for the second time in as many games against the Twisters.
However, Greenfield wasn’t through.
Payton Page started the second inning with a double and Zac Grooms drew a walk to put a pair on with no one out.
Graham Perkins reached on a error by shortstop Cameron Powers and Page scored as a result of the miscue.
Then, Hunter Crouse plated Grooms with a single. Potts singled to plate both Perkins and Crouse, who advanced to third on Tony Robinson’s flyout to centerfield.
Union City (22-7) pushed its only run of the contest across in the top of the sixth.
Tyler Steward opened that frame with a single and Drake Parker followed suit with a safety of his own to put a pair on with no one out.
Steward eventually scored on Branson Sherwood’s groundout.
Yellowjacket hurler Dalton Potts struck out 11 and scattered five hits through his seven innings on the hill. On the season, the UT Martin signee is 8-0 with a 1.71 earned run average.
Moore, who also went the distance, had five punchouts.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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