Shane Sisco’s abbreviated return to the dugout coincided with the end of Union City’s five-game losing skid.
The Lady Tornado softball coach, who’s twice been hospitalized while battling meningitis the past two weeks, showed up in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against Trenton and saw his team finally win a 6-5 decision in nine innings.
Sisco did little coaching in his brief stay, providing mostly moral support, but did meet with his troops after they won their final regular season game of the season.
UC and South Fulton will begin play in the District 14A Tournament Friday on the Devilettes’ turf.
In other non-tourney play from Tuesday, Union City rallied with a six-run seventh to stun Henry County 13-12 in baseball action, while Bradford edged South Fulton 6-5.
Today’s slate features Obion Central opening District 13AA Tournament play with a home game at 6.
The following is a recap of Tuesday’s games.
UC 6, Trenton 5
Two runs were good for Peabody. One was better for the Lady Tornadoes.
After the Lady Tide had forged a 5-all tie in the top of the seventh inning, Union City pushed a run across the plate in the ninth for a season-ending win.
UC (18-13) had 12 hits to five for Trenton but committed four errors. The Lady Twisters led 5-2 after five innings, scoring three times in the fifth, but then the Tide scored a run in the sixth prior to tying the game in the next frame.
Sadie Hollis went the distance in the circle for Union City, striking out 10 and walking four while allowing just five hits. Three of Trenton’s runs were earned.
Hollis helped herself at the plate with four hits and a run, while Kaitlyn Wheeles singled three times and scored three runs.
Ashley Faught singled twice and drove in a run, Brittany Parker doubled, scored and knocked in two runs, Bettye Claire Beachum singled and had two RBI and Kristian Davis singled for UC.
UC 13, Henry Co. 12
The Tornadoes (15-12) mounted an improbable rally to win their final pre-tournament outing.
UC will host either Lake County or Humboldt in a first-round District 14A tourney game Friday.
The Twisters had hitting up and down their lineup, led by a 4-for-5 day by Caleb Long. Long also scored three times and drove in two runs.
Drew Cooley doubled, singled twice, had two RBIs, and both Luke Searcy and Joseph Shanks had two hits with Shanks scoring twice and Searcy driving in a tally. Drake Parker reached base three times, scored on two of those occasions and had two RBIs.
Travis Rutland also had two ribbies and a single.
Parker, the last of UC’s five pitchers, was credited with the win after recording all four outs in an inning-and-a-third stint via strikeout.
Andrew Thayer, Long, Cooley and Travis Rutland also took turns on the rubber for the locals.
Bradford 6, SF 5
Bradford pushed across the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a fielder’s choice to secure the fourth seed in the upcoming District 14A Tournament.
SF will be the No. 6 team, and will play at Trenton in the first round of the double elimination event on Friday before the rest of the tourney moves to Elam Stadium, beginning Saturday.
Against Bradford Tuesday, Ryan Prince bombed a pair of home runs, one a two-run blast and the other a solo shot.
Kyle Clouse and Cody Tatum had South Fulton’s other hits.
Prince, Clouse and Curtis Cathey all took turns on the hill for SF with Cathey (1-3) absorbing the pitching loss. Three of Bradford’s runs were unearned against the South Fulton staff.
SF (11-20) will play a final regular season game Thursday at Fulton City before beginning postseason play Friday.
Published in The Messenger 5.2.12