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Twisters stay cool, burn up Bradford

Twisters stay cool, burn up Bradford
Union City kept its (Cool)ey when things weren’t looking so good.
The Golden Tornadoes’ Drew Cooley retired all nine batters he faced in relief, and UC then broke a 3-all tie with 10 unanswered runs in a 13-3 triumph over Bradford in the District 14A Baseball Tournament Monday at Elam Stadium.
The victory kept Union City alive in the double-elimination event, sending them into tonight’s 7 o’clock matchup against Lake County in another do-or-die loser’s bracket contest. The Falcons, who lost 10-0 to UC in the opening round, stunned Halls 6-5 in Monday’s second game.
Greenfield and Trenton — the two unbeaten teams left in the tourney — will play in the winner’s bracket finals today at 4:30, the victor earning a spot in Thursday’s championship round as well as securing a spot in next week’s regionals.
Should UC (17-13) beat Lake County (6-24) for a fourth time this season today, the Tornadoes would then face the loser of today’s G’field-Trenton game at 5:30 Wednesday for a berth in Thursday’s finals and a ticket to the Region 7A Tournament.
The remainder of postseason play involving local teams was postponed Monday due to Sunday night’s rain and the threat of more Monday evening.
The District 13AA Softball Tournament at Dyersburg was pushed back a day and will feature Obion Central vs. Ripley today at 4, Westview against Milan at 6 p.m., and Covington opposite D’burg at 8 in the winner’s bracket.
If OC and Westview both win today, they will play each other Wednesday at 5.
South Fulton head coach Curt Lee played weather forecaster and postponed the District 14A Softball Tournament at his facility when Monday’s radar showed likely showers at both 5 and 7 p.m. Those rains never came.
Therefore, Monday’s slate was pushed to today where SF will host Halls in the winner’s bracket finals, while Union City plays Trenton in an elimination game at 6:30.
The loser’s bracket finals and Round 1 of the championship series is now slated for Wednesday, with a second championship game — if necessary — on tap for Thursday.
The follow is a recap of Monday’s Union City victory over Bradford.
UC 13, Bradford 3
Cooley relieved starter Andrew Thayer with two on and nobody out in the fourth inning of a tied (3-all) game.
The junior righthander got out of the jam without allowing a run and then set the Red Devils down in order in both the fifth and sixth to earn his first pitching victory in three decisions.
Cooley struck out five.
The Tornadoes erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to break the deadlock before then ending the game early in the sixth via the mercy rule when Caleb Long poked his third single of the contest to chase home the final run.
UC scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball and was also aided by a wild pitch, an error and a fielder’s choice in its big inning. Clay Treece contributed a run-scoring singe in the uprising.
Long went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Travis Rutland had a big day with two hits, including a ringing double, three runs and two RBIs.
Eric Moore crossed the plate twice, while Joseph Shanks dove in a pair of tallies. Published in The Messenger 5.8.12

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