|Nothing goes right for locals |
|Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 7:00 pm |
| The weekend was a wash for Obion County’s three baseball teams. |
Union City lost twice in the L.H. Ladd Memorial Classic on Saturday, Obion Central had an apparent victory taken away by a Friday storm before then losing to an out-of-state opponent on Saturday, and South Fulton’s game at Hickman County Friday was postponed.
UC was beaten by Dyers-burg 10-3 and then Lone Oak 9-3 to finish 0-3 in the inaugural six-team Ladd event at Elam Stadium.
The Tornadoes are now 2-5 heading into today’s District 14A series with Trenton that begins with a 6:30 game at home.
Central fell to 2-2 after being shut out 3-0 at Gosnell (Ark.).
The Rebels were comfortably ahead 9-2 heading into the fourth inning of Friday afternoon’s game with Lake County at Troy before heavy rains washed out the contest and all records from it.
OC begins its District 13AA slate today with a 6:30 game against visiting Haywood County. The two teams will then play again on Tuesday at Brownsville.
No makeup date has been set for the SF-HC game that was called off Friday.
The clubs are scheduled to play a contest at South Fulton on April 4.
The following is a recap of the weekend’s play.
Dyersburg 10, UC 3
The Trojans scored all their runs in their first three at-bats and UC could never recover.
Starter Eric Moore gave up six of those runs on six hits and five walks in 12⁄3 innings. Caleb Long relieved in the second and struck out six, but allowed four more D’burg tallies.
Union City could manage but three hits itself, and scored single runs in the third, fifth and sixth.
Drake Parker tripled and crossed home plate, Drew Cooley singled and drove in a run, and Luke Searcy had an RBI.
Lone Oak 9, UC 3
UC led 2-1 after one inning, but the Purple Flash — who were declared champion of the tourney with a 3-0 record — scored twice in the second and then in each of their final three trips to pull away in the concluding game of the tournament.
Clay Treece did go 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs for the Tornadoes. Drew Cooley had a two-base hit and also chased in a tally.
Andrew Thayer gave up six runs in four innings and was charged with the pitching loss. Parker was touched for three runs in two innings of relief work.
Crockett County was also 3-0 in the tourney, but relegated to second place by the tie-breaking total runs-scored stat. Calloway County was third at 2-1, and Dyersburg fourth at 1-2. Like Union City, Huntingdon was winless in three games.
The Tornadoes — after playing at Trenton on Tuesday in the back half of the District 14A series — will play in the Huntingdon Classic later this week.
UC is scheduled to take on the host Mustangs at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday night, then will play Camden (6:15) and Adamsville (8:45) on Friday.
Gosnell 3, OC 0
Central could muster but three scattered singles against Gosnell on Saturday.
Trey Phipps, Tanner Cary and Colton Woodward accounted for the Rebels’ hits. Twice OC got runners as far as third base before they were stranded there.
Woodward retired all nine hitters he faced as the starting pitcher, the last three via strikeout.
Phipps gave up all three Gosnell runs and four hits during a three-inning relief stint and was charged with the mound setback.
The day before, Obion Central had put up eight first-inning runs before rain washed away that outburst.
The Rebels got bad news before the contest was over, though, when rightfielder Colton Carr suffered a broken bone in his wrist while diving for a foul ball in the third inning.
Carr was to be further evaluated today, but appears likely out for the remainder of the season.
After playing Haywood twice in two days today and Tuesday, the Rebels will play later in the week in the annual St. Jude Classic at Elam Stadium.
Pairings will annouced later this week.
Published in The Messenger 3.26.12