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UC has no losses to give; Devils done early

UC has no losses to give; Devils done early
UC has no losses to give; Devils done early | UC has no losses to give; Devils done early
After a 3-0 loss to Trenton Saturday night, Union City has no margin for error over the next three games if it is to make a third consecutive trip to the Class 1A sectionals.
Because of multiple errors, South Fulton’s season is over.
The Tornadoes — the No. 2 seed in the District 14A Tournament — fell into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination event being played at Elam Stadium after being one-hit by Peabody’s Dylan Slayton Saturday.
UC had won its opening-round game the day before, a 10-0 whitewashing of Lake County.
Now 16-13, Union City must win three straight games over the course of three consecutive days to make the championship round of the tourney and advance to next week’s regionals. The top two finishers in each district tournament move on.
The first of those contests is today when the Tornadoes take on Bradford at 4:30. UC won the teams’ only regular season meeting 12-2 in late-April. Bradford stayed alive in the postseason by beating Humboldt on Saturday after losing to Halls Friday in a first round game.
A win today would boost the Twisters into a 7 o’clock game against the winner of today’s other loser’s bracket game that pits Halls against Lake County.
Top-seeded Greenfield, which scored double digit runs in beating both Humboldt (14-4) and Halls (11-5), and No. 3 Trenton — which is yet to allow a run in two tournament games — will play Tuesday at 4:30 for a spot in the tourney finals and an automatic berth in next week’s regionals.
South Fulton’s time in the postseason was short-lived as the Devilettes were eliminated after losing 13-0 on Friday at Trenton, and 7-0 Saturday vs. Lake County.
The Red Devils, who finished the year 12-22, made a combined 11 errors in the two games and could muster but a half-dozen hits.
The following is a weekend recap for both local teams.
UC 10, Lake Co. 0
Eric Moore twirled a nifty four-hit shutout with five strikeouts to earn his fourth win as the Twisters outclassed LC.
Moore, who has dropped 50 pounds since this time last year by running and eating smart, was never in trouble against the Falcons as he tossed his most complete game of the year.
The threw 51 strikes of his 72 pitches and first-pitch strikes to 14 of the 22 batters he faced.
Joseph Shanks smoked a three-run double to highlight a six-run third for the Tornadoes.
Moore shined at the plate, too, with a pair of hits, a run scored and a RBI, while Drew Cooley had two hits, reached base three times and scored two runs.
Caleb Long and Travis Rutland also scored twice for the victors, with Clay Treece reaching base three times with a hit and two walks.
Trenton 13, SF 0
A six-run Peabody first doomed the Red Devils in their tourney opener.
The Tide then tacked on to its lead with a run in the second and three more in both the third and fourth innings to end the game prematurely via the 10-run rule.
Cody Tatum had South Fulton’s lone extra-base hit — a double — while Ryan Prince reached base twice with a single and a walk.
Kyle Clouse (2-5) lasted just one inning and was charged with the pitching loss. He was touched for five hits and three walks.
Curtis Cathey was on the mound for the Big Red for the final three frames.
Five of the runs charged to the two SF hurlers were unearned due to six errors.
Trenton 3, UC 0
Slayton allowed the Tornadoes just three baserunners and retired 17 straight batters after snuffing out Union City’s lone real threat in the first.
A one-walk single by Long and a two-out walk to Rutland put two UC runners on-base for the only time, but a nice grab of a foul ball in right field ended the threat.
Slayton also had a RBI triple in Peabody’s two-run first.
He finished with seven strikeouts to improve his personal mark to 7-2 and help Trenton go to 21-8 overall.
The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for UC ace Clay Treece, who also pitched well.
Treece (7-2) struck out 10, walked just one and surrendered eight hits in going the distance. Just one of Peabody’s runs scored against him was earned.
Lake Co. 7, SF 0
Five more errors signaled the end of the Devils’ season in an elimination game.
Clouse went 2-for-4 as South Fulton’s only offensive highlight.
Prince (4-5) tossed a seven-inning complete game, giving up just two earned runs and five hits. He struck out eight and walked two.

Published in The Messenger 5.7.12

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