Good day leaves both UC teams atop 14A

Good day leaves both UC teams atop 14A

It was a good day on the diamond for Union City.
One Tornado team clinched the District 14A championship while another moved into a tie for that status Wednesday afternoon as the regular season continued to wind to a close.
The UC baseball team locked up the league title and top seed for the upcoming postseason tournament by winning at Trenton 4-1.
Tornado ace Clay Treece did not allow an earned run and struck out 12 to help the Purple and Gold improve to 12-0 in the district and 19-5 in all games.
Meanwhile, the Lady Tornado softball team avenged a loss to South Fulton five days earlier and joined the Devilettes atop the 14A pecking order with a 5-3 victory at Graham Park.
UC pounded out 12 hits in Wednesday’s rematch after getting just one in the teams’ first meeting, both Bettye Claire Beachum and Kristian Davis getting three knocks apiece.
Today’s slate — weather permitting — has Obion Central at Blytheville (Ark.) and South Fulton hosting Gleason in baseball, while Halls is at UC, Humboldt at SF and Haywood visits OC in softball.
The following are highlights from Wednesday’s play:
SOFTBALL
UC 5, SF 3
Union City (12-5) rallied from a 3-0 deficit after the Devilettes had scored single runs in the first three innings.
Deadlocked at 3 after four, the Lady Tornadoes got the game-winning run in the fifth via a passed ball after Courtney Sherrill had tripled. A sixth-inning three-base hit by Sadie Hollis and a sacrifice fly by Tory Reedy gave UC an insurance run.
Davis tripled, doubled and singled, while Beachum had three singles and an RBI for the winners. Ashley Faught and Hollis both had two hits, while Reedy ended up with two runs batted in.
Hollis (7-4) gave up six hits, but just one earned run. She struck out three and walked three.
Sara Reams took the loss for SF (13-7), striking out two and walking one.
Aalia Bivens doubled twice and drove in a run, Landry Webster had a hit and an RBI, and both Kristen Crocker and Lexi Johnson singled for SF.
BASEBALL
UC 4, Trenton 1
Treece lowered his already-miniscule earned run average to 0.15 and now has 91 strikeouts in just 48 innings while improving to 6-0 with one save.
The senior righthander had struck out 16 while twirling a one-hitter in a 2-0 victory over Peabody earlier in the season.
Hot-hitting Drake Parker moved his seasonal average to .507 by going 4-for-4 with a triple and three singles.
The Vanderbilt-bound Parker scored twice.
Treece and Christian Cousar both doubled and scored for Union City, while Luke Searcy had three more RBIs — giving him 22 on the season which is second-best on the team.
Union City’s next game is Monday when the Twisters open their final district series of the season at Halls.

Published in The Messenger  4.18.13

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