Harsh Union City reality is that mistakes cost dearly

Harsh Union City reality is that mistakes cost dearly
Harsh Union City reality is that mistakes cost dearly

Union City’s Brittany Parker checks to see if she got an out during Monday’s game.
HUNTINGDON — Not that he needed to, but Shane Sisco pointed out the obvious.
“You can’t make that many mistakes and give up extra outs when you get to this level,” the Union City softball coach said after his team committed physical and/or mental errors that led to all of Huntingdon’s runs in a 6-2 loss that ended the Lady Tornadoes’ season in the Region 7A semifinals.
“You just can’t.”
While Sisco’s comments understated reality, what had happened in Monday’s game to prompt his acknowledgment of the facts further frustrated the coach of a program that has now seen its season end at the hands of the Fillies in four of the last five seasons at the same level.
“I’m really not sure the better team won today,” he continued. “We outhit them and had some early chances, but took ourselves out of things on the bases. Some of them were my fault. One was just bad luck.
“I feel as if we would’ve been able to break through though, maybe we might not make some of those errors — or they may not have been as costly. We had some chances, and they made some errors too, that gave us opportunites. We just didn’t take advantage of them.”
A dropped fly ball led to Huntingdon’s first two runs in the second inning and a lead the host team would not relinquish.
The Fillies (32-5), who’ll host McKenzie (19-8) for the regional championship on Wednesday, added three more runs via throwing errors and a wild pitch, and even successfully pulled off the old ‘first-and-third rundown play’ where the trailing runner intentionally gets caught between bags while the lead runner dashes home.
“That there was very disappointing,” Sisco added.
Union City (20-16) got a run of its own via two Huntingdon errors in the third when Hannah Jackson scored on a wild catcher’s throw to second after she’d reached on a misplay, moved up on Ellen Bearden’s sacrifice, then went to third on Sadie Hollis’ single.
The Lady Twisters’ other tally came when Angela Chesteen mashed a solo home run deep over the leftfield fence in the fourth that briefly pulled her team within 3-2.
Chesteen and Hannah Jackson (double) had UC’s only extra-base hits. Wheeles was good for a pair of singles for a Tornado team that outhit Huntingdon all totaled 6-4.
Hollis (13-10) was tagged with the pitching loss.
The game was the last in a Union City uniform for seniors Chesteen, Hannah Jackson, Taylor Hargrove and Erica Sturkie.
“Those four have really had a nice career and been part of some good things and some significant progress in our program,” Sisco concluded. “To have won 20 games again after losing six seniors off last year’s team and to have made it to the regional semifinals again, that tells you they were competitive on a regular basis.”
The 20 wins marked just the third time in the 18-year history of the program to reach or exceed that total — all in the last four seasons.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

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