Twisters move on; SF done

Twisters move on; SF done

Union City is moving on in the District 14A baseball tournament bracket.
South Fulton is moving out.
The two Obion County entries met with opposite results in the rain-altered tourney Monday, top seeded UC moving into the winner’s bracket finals with a 7-0 shutout of Greenfield at Halls while SF was eliminated in the double-elimination event after a 4-2 loss to Lake County at Ripley.
The Tornadoes (23-7) moved on to play the host Tigers — a 2-0 upset winner over Trenton Monday — in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. game between the only teams not to have lost a game in the tournament. Wednesday’s winner will secure both a berth in Thursday’s 14A championship game as well as spot in next week’s regional tournament.
South Fulton, meanwhile, was sent to the sidelines with its second loss in as many tournament games.
The Red Devils ended their season with a 10-18 mark.
The following is a recap of Monday’s action:
UC 7, Greenfield 0
Drake Parker’s home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning was the only run the Golden Tornadoes would need as Clay Treece was overpowering on the mound again.
Treece struck out 13 and walked only four while giving up just three hits in six innings of work. Parker then came on and struck out the side in the seventh, allowing one hit.
Parker’s homer was followed by six more runs as the Twisters banged out eight hits and took advantage of three Greenfield errors.
Davis Odle, in as a courtesy runner, scored on a error later in the first inning for a 2-0 lead.
Union City built its lead to 6-0 with four more runs in the third. Drew Cooley and Treece both walked and scored, Joseph Shanks singled and scored on a passed ball, and Eric Moore singled and came around on a base hit by Parker.
UC’s final run, in the sixth frame, came with Greenfield’s help as Caleb Long reached base on an error and later scored on an error that put Shanks on.
Hunter Crouse had three of Greenfield’s hits, including two doubles, while Zack Grooms also doubled for the Yellowjackets.
Lake Co. 4, SF 2
A walk-off two run homer by the Falcons in the bottom of the seventh brought the Devils’ season to an immediate end.
It marked the ninth loss of the year by two runs or less suffered by SF.
South Fulton stranded 11 runners, had two thrown out stealing and gave up three unearned runs.
Ryan Prince closed out his prep career with another stellar performance — getting two of SF’s three hits and driving in a run. Prince also was the pitcher of record, giving just one earned run and six hits while striking out eight and walking three.
Zack Vaughn doubled and reached base twice, while Tyler Morris scored on a Prince double.

Published in The Messenger 5.7.13

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