South Fulton proved to be its own worst enemy Thursday against Gleason.
The Red Devils committed seven errors that led to five unearned runs and left the bases loaded in three straight innings in an 8-2 loss to Gleason in high school baseball action.
SF stranded 13 runners in all — 10 in scoring position to fall to 9-16 and lost for the second time this season to the Bulldogs.
In other diamond action involving local teams from Thursday, Union City dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 decision at Adamsville in baseball, while South Fulton swept Greenfield (8-0 and 10-0) and UC lost to McKenzie (8-0) in softball.
Today’s slate has Union City hosting Westview, Obion Central playing at Dresden and SF welcoming Fulton County at 4:30 before then playing at Hickman County in the Falcon’s Invitational Tournament at 9 p.m.
In softball, South Fulton hosts Union City.
The following is recap of Thursday’s action.
Gleason 8, SF 2
Down just 3-2 after four innings, South Fulton saw the Bulldogs put up two runs in the fifth and then three more in the seventh to win going away.
Chance Hamlin went 3-for-4 for the Redmen, while Austin Hazlewood and Corey Pinion each had singles.
Hamlin (4-4) was the losing pitcher after giving up 11 hits, but just three earned tallies.
SF will continue play in the HC Invitational on Saturday, facing Ballard Memorial at 10 a.m. and Paducah Tilghman at 12:15.
Adamsville 6, UC 5
The Tornadoes were up 5-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but gave up two runs in both the sixth and seventh to make the long ride home from McNairy County even longer.
The deciding tally scored on an error with two outs, according to the UC scorebook.
Drake Parker, Caleb Long and Parker Dotson had two hits apiece for the Twisters. Parker reached base four times, while Long drove in two runs. Luke Searcy drew three walks for Union City, which had 18 baserunners in the contest.
Parker was charged with the pitching loss in relief of Drew Cooley. Cooley gave four earned runs in six innings on four hits — three of those home runs. He struck out one and walked three. Parker had two strikeouts, two walks and a hit allowed in two-thirds of an inning.
SF 8-10, Greenfield 0-0
The Devilettes improved to 29-4 with an easy twinbill sweep of Greenfield.
Haley McKinney (16-2) and Sara Reams (12-2) bettered their already-impressive pitching marks with shutouts, McKinney tossing a two-hitter in the nightcap after Reams had allowed just one single and one walk in the opener.
McKinney fanned nine, while Reams struck out three.
Kacie Daugherty had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base in Game 1, while Desiray Sturgeon had two singles and drove in a run.
Jennifer Allen had two singles, while Aalia Bivens contributed two ribbies to the winning cause.
In the second game, McKinney doubled and had two singles, while slugging Marina Barclay clubbed two more home runs — her seventh and eighth of the spring.
Kristin Crocker had two hits and drove in a run, while Amanda Allen singled and had an RBI.
SF can clinch the District 14A championship today with a victory over Union City.
McKenzie 8, UC 0
The Lady Tornadoes suffered another error-plagued loss, this time seeing four miscues prove damaging.
The two teams were locked in a scoreless tie until the top of the fifth inning, when UC mistakes led to five Lady Rebel runs. McKenzie then scored three more times in the sixth frame.
Sadie Hollis (11-7) suffered the pitching loss, giving up nine hits and a walk while striking out eight in five innings.
She gave up seven runs, five earned.
Brittany Parker came on in the sixth and finished up, allowing an unearned run with two hits, three strikeouts and a walk.
UC had six hits, including a double by both Parker and Kaitlyn Wheeles, two singles by Tory Reedy and a base hit from Courtney Sherrill and Ashley Faught.
Now 17-11, UC travels to South Fulton this afternoon.
Published in The Messenger 4.27.12