Luke Searcy’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th scored Chase Treece and lifted Union City to a thrilling 2-1 win over Greenfield at Elam Stadium Tuesday night.
The game-winning poke capped a four-hit game for Searcy, who reached base five times in all while helping the Tornadoes stay atop the District 14A standings (10-0) and improve to 16-5 overall.
UC had shellacked Greenfield 11-1 in a run-rule game on Monday.
In other games, Lake County edged South Fulton 5-4 in eight innings, while Obion Central lost to Milan 14-3.
The lone softball game played involving an Obion County club saw South Fulton blank Dresden 2-0.
Today’s diamond schedule has just one entry — Greenfield at Union City for a softball doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
UC 2, Greenfield 1
Treece was hit by a Hunter Crouse pitch to open the 12th, then moved to second when Drake Parker bunted for a hit. Both players moved up a base via a passed ball before Searcy then laced his game-winning hit.
Greenfield had scored a run in the fifth — the first of the spring (six starts, one relief appearance) against UC ace righthander Clay Treece.
Treece gave up nothing else, though, finishing with 13 strikeouts and just four hits allowed in nine innings while getting a no-decision.
Parker pitched three shutout frames with four hits and 4 Ks to get credit for the pitching win. He also went 2-for-5 at the dish and scored the Twisters’ first run in the opening inning.
Joseph Shanks had Union City’s lone extra-base hit, a double.
The ’Jackets’ Zac Grooms matched Treece through nine innings, giving up just one run on six hits before Crouse relieved.
UC’s next game is scheduled for Thursday at Westview.
Lake Co. 5, SF 4
The Falcons pushed across the game-deciding run in the bottom of the eighth to send South Fulton to 1-9 in District 14A and 5-10 overall.
SF wasted several scoring chances, leaving 11 men on base.
The Devils also committed three errors.
Tyler Morris doubled home a run for South Fulton, while Zack Vaughn and Corey Pinion also had hits. Ryan Prince and Hunter Wade scored runs for the Redmen, with Morris and Pinion also crossing the pay station.
Austin Hazlewood (3-2) went the distance on the hill for SF, giving up just two earned runs and nine hits with four strikeouts and four intentional walks.
South Fulton hosts the three-day Caleb Turner Classic, beginning Thursday (see related sports brief).
Milan 14, OC 3
The Rebels jumped ahead early with three runs in the first before Milan plated four in the second, two in the third, then put an early end to the contest via the mercy rule with eight tallies in the fourth.
OC was charged with five errors that led to seven unearned runs.
Camden Napper tripled in two runs in Central’s early uprising and later scored. Blake Berner and Chase Starks had the county locals’ only other hits in the game, while Ryan Middlebrooks and Colton Carr scored runs.
Mitch Arnett was the losing pitcher.
SF 2, Dresden 0
Sarah Reams tossed a one-hitter, and the Red Devilettes scored one run in the second and fourth innings to hold off the Weakley County visitors Tuesday afternoon at the South Fulton field.
Reams struck out six and worked around three walks and two errors behind her to shut down the Lions.
SF managed just six hits, including two for extra bases.
Landry Webster doubled and singled and was also hit by a pitch, Aalia Bivens doubled, and Desiray Sturgeon, Cassidy Ruddle and Melanie Johnson all singled once for the Devilettes. Ruddle also drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.
Bivens had a diving snag at short and Sturgeon ended the game with a sprawling catch in centerfield as defensive highlights for the victors.
South Fulton improves to 11-6 and travels to Obion Central on Thursday before hosting Union City on Friday.
At Troy, the varsity game will begin after the JV game, slated for 5 p.m., while Friday’s game is varsity-only at 5.
Published in The Messenger 4.10.13