All totaled, it was not a good weekend for Obion County’s three prep baseball entries.
Union City’s 8-0 victory over Moore County in the opening round of the County Border Battle Tournament in Middle Tennessee was the only win posted by any local team.
The Tornadoes then dropped a 4-2 decision to Huntland and were beaten 12-7 by Collinwood to bow out of the event before the medal round after finishing second the previous two weekends in the L.H. Ladd Memorial Tournament and the St. Jude Classic, respectively.
The news was no better for either Obion Central or South Fulton, the Rebels’ losing to Crockett County 18-2 and SF on the short end of a 12-5 score at Paducah Tilghman in Friday night games.
Today’s local slate is highlighted by district games pitting UC at Greenfield and South Fulton hosting Lake County in 14A, while OC is at home to face Milan in 13AA.
The following is a report from games played on Friday and Saturday.
UC 8, Moore Co. 0
Another Clay Treece shutout — his fifth in as many starts — provided Union City with the weekend’s only highlight.
Treece continued his nearly-flawless pitching stretch by allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out six in six innings. Drake Parker finished up, allowing a single and fanning two.
Treece helped himself offensively, too, for UC — which scored five in the fifth to break open a tight game — by going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs along with a pair of runs scored. Joseph Shanks had three singles in four trips to the dish, while Caleb Long doubled and Parker scored twice.
Huntland 4, UC 2
Luke Searcy and Travis Rutland had two hits each for the Twisters in their first game Saturday.
Union City got no extra-base hits, though, with each its seven safeties a single.
Andrew Thayer was the losing hurler, going the distance with five strikeouts and three earned runs given up.
Collinwood 12, UC 7
The Tornadoes led 4-1 going into the bottom of the third after scoring in each of their at-bats, but were touched by a seven-spot and never recovered.
All but one of Collinwood’s runs were earned, as the three Union City pitchers combined to give up 12 hits and five walks.
Eric Moore was charged with eight of those tallies and the loss in 2 1/3 innings. He was followed to the hill by Long and Chase Treece.
Parker had a big day with a double, single, walk, four stolen bases and three runs scored. Clay Treece smacked a home run and drove in two, while Long went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a ribbie.
Today’s matchup at Greenfield will be a varsity-only meeting for UC (14-5) and will begin at 5 o’clock.
Crockett Co. 18, OC 2
The Rebels’ skid continued — now at 11 straight setbacks.
Crockett County scored 10 times in its first two at-bats and took advantage of OC’s season-long penchant of committing costly errors to ultimately improve to 16-3.
Central was charged with five errors in all and could muster but two hits.
Camden Napper and John Foster had singles for the Rebels, while Brady Chandler accounted for a RBI.
Colton Carr was the starting and losing pitcher for OC. Carr walked four and gave up three hits and seven runs, but just two of those runs were earned.
Blake Berner, Waylon Spaulding and Chandler all followed Carr to the mound in relief.
First pitch is scheduled for 5 o’clock this afternoon in Troy between Obion Central and Milan.
Tilghman 12, SF 5
Six Red Devil errors led to seven unearned Paducah Tilghman runs Friday night, dropping South Fulton to 4-9 on the season.
SF had tied the game at 5-all with a five-run fourth, but surrendered three runs in the bottom of the frame and gave up four more in the sixth.
Tyler Morris had a three-run double, while Ryan Prince, Hunter Wade, Skylar Grissom and Aaron Hollingsworth all singed for the Redmen, who were out-hit 11-5.
Austin Hazelwood saw his personal mark fall to 3-2 with the pitching loss. Only four of the eight runs charged to Hazelwood were earned in four innings.
Curtis Cathey pitched two frames and gave up four tallies — one earned.
Today’s home game vs. Lake County is set to begin at 5 p.m.
Published in The Messenger 4.8.13