Seniors help UC finish up perfect run through league

Seniors help UC finish up perfect run through league

Fittingly, a handful of 12th-graders shined on Senior Night for Union City.
Caleb Long drove in five runs, Drake Parker had three hits and scored three times and Christian Cousar had three runs scored as a group of 10 Tornadoes celebrated in style with an 8-1 victory over Halls Tuesday night at Elam Stadium.
The win put completed a perfect run (12-0) though District 14A for UC, which is now 21-5 overall with three games remaining in the regular season.
The 21 victories are the fourth-most in a season since the program’s inception in 1976.
Elsewhere Tuesday, South Fulton dropped a 12-8 slugfest vs. Bradford, while Dyersburg whipped Obion Central 13-1.
The only game on today’s slate — weather permitting — has Dresden visiting SF.
Union City 8, Halls 1
Luke Searcy, another of the Tornado seniors, continued his hot hitting with two more safeties, while classmates Drew Cooley, Travis Rutland and Joseph Shanks all also had base knocks following ceremonies that honored a large graduating class.
Clay Treece, Eric Moore and Andrew Thayer were among the seniors honored.
Union City fell behind early for the second straight day against the Tigers, but erased that deficit with a four-run third. Two tallies in both the fourth and sixth secured the triumph.
Cooley improved his pitching mark to 6-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.77 with a route-going performance that included five strikeouts. Halls’ lone run was unearned.
The Tornadoes are set to play at University School of Jackson Friday, then host the Bruins on Saturday night.
Bradford 12, SF 8
The two Red Devil entries combined for 23 hits and nine errors with Bradford building a 7-0 lead and completing a series sweep after also winning on Monday.
SF (9-14) got two hits apiece from Tyler Morris, Curtis Cathey, Skylar Grissom and Hunter Wade. Both of Morris’s hits were doubles and he drove in two runs.
Zack Vaughn poked a solo homer as South Fulton collected a dozen safeties in all — one more than the host team.
Austin Hazlewood (5-3) was the losing hurler, allowing nine earned runs while striking out six.
Today’s home game vs. Dresden is set to begin at 5 p.m. at SF.
Dyersburg 13, OC 1
The visiting Trojans scored all their runs in the first three innings and ended the contest after five via the mercy rule.
Bryant Hamm had a hit and drove in Central’s only run. Camden Napper reached base twice for the Rebs with a single and a walk.
Starting pitcher Jacob Carr was relieved in the second by Mitch Arnett, with Ryan Middlebrook going the final 22⁄3 innings and striking out five.
Obion Central is now 2-17.
OC will make up an earlier postponed game at Blytheville (Ark.) before the beginning of the District 13AA Tournament.

Published in The Messenger 4.24.13

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