Twisters, OC teams all diamond gems

Twisters, OC teams all diamond gems
Union City and Obion Central — in baseball — and the OC girls’ softball team were all big winners on the high school diamonds Monday.
UC blanked South Fulton 8-0 in the District 14A opener for both teams, while the Rebels ventured out of state and whipped Caruthersville 10-0 in five innings.
The OC girls, meanwhile, had no trouble in routing homestanding Haywood 13-2.
Union City began its softball campaign with an 8-3 win at Hickman County.
Today’s slate features a rematch of Monday’s UC-SF baseball game, this one at Elam Stadium, while the South Fulton softball team will open its 2012 schedule with a home game vs. Westview.
In other softball matchups, Central plays at Ripley, while Union City journeys to Trenton.
The following is a recap of Monday’s action.
BASEBALL
UC 8, SF 0
The Tornadoes got their first victory of the spring after a couple of heartbreaking losses, scoring in each of the final five innings.
Clay Treece was dominant on the mound, effectively mixing his pitches to strike out 16 SF batters while allowing just two hits in the route-going performance. Equally impressive was that Treece did not allow a walk.
Drake Parker and Joseph Shanks each had three hits to pace a 14-hit UC attack. Parker had a triple and drove in two runs, while Shanks scored twice and had a ribbie.
Keylon Hyde doubled twice, chased home a tally and scored one, Eric Moore had two singles and Travis Rutland crossed the pay station on a pair of occasions for the victors.
Short-handed South Fulton — playing without four starters — found Treece tough to solve as only Ryan Prince and JaQuay Garmon had clean hits. Austin Hazelwood also reached base for SF.
SF (0-4) was missing third baseman Cody Tatum (flu), as well as infielders Kyle Clouse (fractured wrist), Jordan Davis (family death) and Curtis Cathey (injured elbow).
Gutsy Chance Hamlin, who broke his leg in an October football game, started and went the distance on the hill for the Redmen. The senior southpaw was cleared to return to athletic competition following strenuous rehab in Feb.
Today’s game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at L.H. Ladd Field.
OC 10, Caruthersville 0
The Rebels won via the mercy rule, exploding for six runs in the third inning to improve to 2-1.
Winning pitcher Colton Woodward (three innings) allowed just a first-inning single during an impressive stint. Mitch Arnett followed Woodward to the hill and blanked the hometeam for the final two frames.
Jordan Smith had three hits and three RBI to pace OC at the dish. Woodward helped himself with two singles and three runs batted in.
Ryan Tucker drove in two runs, Parker McMinn had a single, double, scored twice and had a RBI, and Arnett and Tanner Cary scored twice each.
Obion Central’s next game is Thursday at home against Lake County.
SOFTBALL
OC 13, Haywood 2
The Lady Rebels erupted for 12 of their runs over their final three at-bats after trailing 2-1 heading into the fourth inning to win for the sixth time in seven games.
OC posted a season-high 19 hits, getting three each from Rachel Jones, Emily Pickard and Magen Gargus. Jones drove in a pair of runs, as did Pickard, while Gargus chased home three teammates with a pair of doubles among her 3-for-4 day at the plate.
Payton Robertson (two hits, RBI), Carly Whipple (double, triple, RBI), Ashlyn Runions (two hits, two RBI) and Calli Johnson (two hits, RBI) were part of the offensive fireworks for Central also.
Baylie Boucher notched the pitching win a route-going effort, striking out one and allowing five hits.
Today’s varsity game at Ripley will begin at 7 p.m., following a jayvee matchup.
UC 8, Hickman Co. 3
Sadie Hollis fanned nine in five innings to help the Lady Tornadoes get off on the right foot.
Hollis allowed just one hit and neither of the two runs scored against her was earned. She did walk six.
Brittany Parker finished up the final two innings, touched for an unearned run with one strikeout.
UC won despite getting just five singles.
Hollis scored twice and drove in a run, while Essence Ware also crossed the plate two times. Kaitlyn Wheeles had a RBI. Published in The Messenger 3.20.12

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