|Tornadoes appear set for tourney |
|Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:31 am |
Union City appears to be rounding into form just in time for tournament play.
The Tornadoes won their third straight with a 3-2 triumph over visiting Gleason Tuesday at Elam Stadium.
Gleason will likely finish either first or second in District 13A, while UC will be among the top seeds in the upcoming 14A tourney.
Elsewhere Tuesday, Obion Central dropped a 4-2 decision to Dyersburg, while South Fulton was beaten by Bradford 10-3.
The only game on today’s slate has UC at Halls.
Tuesday’s highlights included:
UC 3, Gleason 2
The Tornadoes made a three-run first stand up and continued their late-season surge.
UC (13-10) is now three games above the break-even mark for the first time this spring with the District 14A Tournament right around the corner — set to begin next week.
Caleb Long and Drake Parker combined on a four-hitter, allowing no earned runs in the process.
Long (1-0) went the first five innings with five strikeouts before Parker came on to preserve the lead and record his second save with two hitless innings of relief that included three strikeouts.
Clay Treece went 2-for-3 and had the Twisters’ lone RBI. Parker Dotson also had two hits in three at-bats for the winners.
Thomas Fowler was the tough-luck losing hurler for Gleason and had the only extra-base hit of the contest — a double.
Dyersburg 4, OC 2
The fifth inning doomed Central for the second straight day as the Trojans scored twice in that frame to erase a 2-1 deficit and sweep the District 13AA series.
D’burg had broken a 2-all tie with three runs in the fifth of Monday’s game between the two clubs.
Colton Woodward gave up just one run and four hits in four innings with four strikeouts for the Rebels.
Mitch Arnett relieved in the fifth and was charged with the pitching loss. Arnett gave up three runs (two earned), three hits, three walks and fanned four.
Ryan Middlebrook reached base twice with a hit and a walk and scored a run for OC (7-15). Arnett scored the Rebels’ other run.
Parker McMinn, Trey Phipps, Camden Napper, Ryan Tucker and Woodward all had hits for Obion Central.
Central will play a varsity-only game Friday at Dresden.
Bradford 10, SF 3
South Fulton (9-16) hurt itself with errors as seven of Bradford’s runs were unearned.
Cody Tatum doubled in two of SF’s runs, while Kyle Clouse had a triple and South Fulton’s other RBI.
Zach Vaughn also had a two-base hit.
Only two of the nine runs charged to Clouse (2-4) were earned. He struck out 12 in six innings.
JaQuay Garmon relieved and gave up the final Bradford tally.
South Fulton will host Gleason on Thursday.
Published in The Messenger 4.25.12