|Tornado teams send opponents home early |
|Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:00 pm |
| Union City made quick work of Lake County in prep softball Monday. |
Same, too, with the Tornado baseball team vs. Bradford.
The UC teams posted mercy rule wins vs. visiting overmatched competition, the Lady Twisters winning 10-0 against LC and Union City baseball triumphing 12-2 over Bradford.
In other local diamond action from Monday, South Fulton rallied for a 9-8 baseball victory over Humboldt, while Obion Central dropped a 5-2 decision at Dyersburg.
The following are highlights.
UC 10, Lake Co. 0
The Lady Tornadoes had as many extra-base hits as Lake County had total hits in Monday’s game at Eddlemon Hawks Field, called after five innings on the run rule.
Four of Union City’s 12 hits were better than a single, including triples by both Kaitlyn Wheeles and Bettye Claire Beachum and doubles by Brittany Parker and Courtney Sherrill.
Wheeles also singled and scored twice, Parker added a base hit and crossed the plate three times, Beachum singled twice, scored once and drove in three runs and Sherrill added a base hit and a run.
Tory Reedy and Ashley Faught singled and scored, and Kristian Davis had a base hit and an RBI.
Union City also took advantage of three Lady Falcon errors.
Sadie Hollis (11-5) was the winning pitcher, striking out seven while allowing just one hit and one walk in three innings. Parker struck out three, walked one and gave up three hits in two innings.
The Lady Twisters, now 17-8, opened with four runs in the bottom of the first, added three more runs in the second, scored once in the third and pushed two runs across in the fourth.
UC hosts Huntingdon today at 5 p.m.
UC 12, Bradford 2
The Tornadoes (12-10) moved two games over .500 for the first time this season with a five-inning romp over visiting Bradford.
Drew Cooley’s run-scoring double opened a five-run first for UC, which got at least one hit from seven different batters in the blowout.
Joseph Shanks had a two-run homer in a 3-for-3 effort at the plate with three RBIs. Cooley had two hits and two ribbies, while Clay Treece and Eric Moore each had two singles and two runs scored.
Drake Parker and Caleb Long also circled the bases twice each.
The Twisters scored three times in both the second and fourth and once in the fifth after their opening outburst.
Treece continued to mow down the opposition on the hill with his sixth consecutive victory since an Opening Day loss.
Treece stuck out 11, allowed just one earned run and two hits, and now has a 1.26 earned run average with 86 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings.
UC welcomes Gleason today, with the varsity contest set to begin at 6:30.
SF 9, Humboldt 8
Ryan Prince raced home on a throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Red Devils (9-15) to a third consecutive victory.
Prince, who went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored, walked to open the winning rally and stole third on the deciding play. He came home via a wild throw from the Humboldt catcher.
Curtis Cathey had a double, single, drove in two runs and scored two, while Zack Vaughn singled twice and had two ribbies. Both Kyle Clouse and Cody Tatum singled and had RBIs.
Chance Hamlin, who tripled, singled and scored twice, picked up the pitching win with two innings of one-run relief. His record is now 4-3.
Prince started and gave up five earned runs with nine strikeouts in five frames.
South Fulton is at home to play Bradford today at 5 o’clock.
Dyersburg 5, OC 2
The Trojans broke a 2-all tie with three runs in the fifth to send OC to a District 13AA loss.
Central (7-14) had pulled even with a run in the top of the frame.
Camden Napper had two hits in three trips for the Rebels, who out-hit D’burg 4-3. Both Parker McMinn and Trey Phipps also had singles for Obion Central with McMinn and Jordan Smith both reaching base twice.
Phipps, who relieved Napper in the fifth, was charged with the pitching loss. He walked five and hit two batters.
Napper did not allow an earned run and surrendered just two hits while fanning three with five walks.
The two teams meet again today at Troy, the varsity contest to follow a jayvee game and set to start at 6:30 p.m. Published in The Messenger 4.24.12