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Locals taking wrong route to postseason

Locals taking wrong route to postseason
Locals taking wrong route to postseason | Locals taking wrong route to postseason

With just a game or two remaining before the beginning of the postseason later this week, Obion County’s three baseball teams need a quick turnaround.
Union City, Obion Central and South Fulton are all coming off weekend losses.
UC was haunted by errors for the second straight outing when they committed seven in a 4-1 loss to Westview Friday. Central saw Dresden rally for four runs in the sixth to send the Rebels to their fourth consecutive setback, 10-9, while SF dropped two games in the Hickman County Invitational on Saturday (to Ballard Memorial 14-9 and Paducah Tilghman 17-6) after beating Fulton County 16-4 and Hickman County 6-5 Friday.
Westview 4, UC 1
Misplays and errant throws allowed the Chargers to score all their runs, making Union City 13-12 heading into today’s regular season finale vs. Halls.
Andrew Thayer was the victim of the Twisters’ poor defensive play as he absorbed the pitching loss without giving up an earned run. Thayer allowed five hits, three walks and fanned two in six innings. Eric Moore tossed a scoreless seventh with a strikeout.
Drake Parker doubled, singled, had a stolen base and scored UC’s only run. Drew Cooley had the Twister RBI and the locals’ only other extra-base hit — a double.
Today’s game vs. Halls will start at 3 p.m.
Dresden 10, OC 9
The Rebels outhit Dresden 12-9 but couldn’t hold on to a 7-3 lead after four innings.
Parker McMinn had a big day at the plate with four hits and three runs scored, while Tanner Cary had three hits, two runs and drove in another.
Ryan Tucker had two hits and a RBI, Trey Phipps scored twice and Mitch Arnett was good for two ribbies for the Rebels, who had beaten the Lions handily in an earlier meeting and fell to 7-16.
Arnett, the last of three OC pitchers, was charged with the loss after giving up four earned runs in an inning-and-a-third.
Phipps gave up three runs (one earned) and Camden Napper three before Arnett.
FRIDAY
SF 16, Fulton Co. 4
The Redmen jumped on a young FC squad with nine first-inning runs Friday afternoon and never looked back.
Curtis Cathey went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs, while Corey Pinion had two singles, four ribbies and scored three times.
Ryan Prince and Chance Hamlin also drove in two runs apiece in the SF onslaught, while Kyle Clouse crossed the plate twice.
Cathey, pitching with an injured elbow, nonetheless went five innings with no earned runs allowed to get the victory — his first in three decisions. He struck out six, walked one and allowed just two hits.
SF 6, Hickman Co. 5
South Fulton beat the host Falcons for the third time this season, holding off a late HC comeback.
Winning pitch Prince singled twice and scored a run, while Hamlin singed in a pair of tallies. JaQuay Garmon doubled and scored.
Prince evened his personal mark in eight decisions, blowing away 12 batters via strikeout while allowing just one hit and one earned run in five frames.
Clouse earned his second save after fanning four in two innings in which Hickman County scored twice.
SATURDAY
Ballard Mem. 14, SF 9
SF fell behind 8-0 early, but battled back to within a single run (9-8) before the Bombers pulled away again.
Prince plated three runs with a single and a double, Hamlin doubled, singled and scored three times, Tatum went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI, and Pinion had two singles and a run scored for the Devils.
Zack Magen drove in a pair of runs with a single.
Hazlewood (1-4) was charged with the pitching loss after giving up 11 earned runs in 51⁄3 innings.
Pad. Tilghman 17, SF 6
With the meat of their lineup (Clouse, Prince, Hazlewood, Magen and Cathey) missing due to prom, South Fulton was beaten handily.
Tilghman scored eight unearned runs and benefited from 13 walks and a handful of Red Devil errors.
Tatum cracked a home run and drove in three runs, while Aaron Hollingsworth doubled, Hunter Wade singled twice and drove in a run, and Austin Goodman had a RBI.
Jon David McIntyre had a single and scored.

Published in The Messenger 4.30.12

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