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Local baseball teams all find winning formula

Local baseball teams all find winning formula
Union City turned to its ace to stop a three-game slide and improve to 3-0 in District 14A play.
Clay Treece posted his second straight league shutout, fanning nine to lead the Tornadoes to a 2-0 victory over Trenton Monday night at Elam Stadium.
Treece gave up four hits — two singles and two doubles — to Peabody, which will host UC today in the back-half of the 14A two-game series.
In other diamond action involving local teams from Monday, Obion Central won its District 13AA opener with a 6-2 triumph over Haywood, while South Fulton dropped a 7-2 decision to Halls.
The only softball game of local interest saw Union City suffer its first loss of the spring after five wins, falling to Dyersburg 10-3.
Today’s slate — in addition to UC at Trenton, has OC traveling to Brownsville to play Haywood again, while SF will journey to Halls for another rematch of Monday’s action.
In softball, Union City plays at Lake County, Obion Central journeys to Dyersburg and South Fulton is on the road to Bradford.
Union City 2, Trenton 0
Drake Parker’s third-inning solo home run was all the offense Treece would need to post his second consecutive standout outing.
UC (3-5 overall) got an insurance run in the sixth when Eric Moore singled home Drew Cooley.
Both Moore and Cooley went 2-for-3 to pace the Tornadoes’ six-hit attack. One of Cooley’s safeties was a double.
Treece threw 106 pitches, 73 for strikes. He regularly got ahead of Peabody batters, throwing first-pitch strikes to 22 of 30 Trenton hitters.
Today’s game is set to begin at 5 p.m.
OC 6, Haywood 2
The Rebels rallied with a four-run fifth to erase a 2-1 deficit and moved over the .500 mark to 3-2 overall.
Winning pitcher Colton Woodward (2-0) allowed just two hits in five innings with six strikeouts. Mitch Arnett retired all six batters he faced in two perfect innings of relief.
Parker McMinn paced OC offensively with two hits and two runs scored. Tanner Cary reached base three times, Trey Phipps drove in two runs and Ryan Tucker scored twice.
Woodward helped his own cause with two singles and a run scored. Arnett doubled.
Today’s rematch is scheduled to begin at 6:30, following a jayvee game.
Halls 7, SF 2
As has been the case in two of their other losses, untimely errors cost the Red Devils, who committed four of their five miscues in the last three innings when Halls scored all its runs to drop SF to 0-6, 0-3 in District 14A play.
South Fulton led 1-0 after one and 2-1 with five innings complete before the visiting Tigers tied the game in the sixth, then broke things open with a five-run seventh.
Ryan Prince allowed just four hits and two unearned runs through six innings, with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Kyle Clouse — seeing his first action of the season after recovering from a broken wrist on his non-pitching hand — was touched for five runs in relief, though just one was earned. He was charged with the mound loss after retiring just two batters.
Chance Hamlin got the final out for SF.
Prince had a double and a single, Hamlin singled twice, and both Jordan Davis and JaQuay Garmon also had hits for the Redmen.
Today’s rematch is set to begin at 5 p.m.
Dyersburg 10, UC 3
The Lady Tornadoes now have a blemish on their record after losing to D’burg.
Eight of the Lady Trojans’ 14 hits failed to leave the infield, according to UC head coach Shane Sisco.
Union City, meanwhile, could manage but three safeties.
Bettye Claire Beachum doubled and had two RBIs, while Sadie Hollis singled and scored. Ashley Faught had UC’s only other hit.
Hollis (seven earned runs, three strikeouts) was charged with her first pitching loss in four decisions.
Today’s game in Tiptonville will have a 5 o’clock first pitch. Published in The Messenger 3.27.12

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