Union battles way into playoffs
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:00 AM
The Union Yellowjackets split a pair of games with the Lake Hornets last week to earn a place in the state class 3-A playoffs.
Union lost the first game 7-4 but game back to win the second game in extra innings, 15-11. On Saturday, Union dropped a 12-0 non-region game to Kosciusko.
"We were down to our last strike and our last out against Lake in the second game, and our guys just wouldn't quit," Union Coach Dustin Hamrick said. "They played hard and we finished third in our region and will be going to the playoffs."
The Yellowjackets entered the week with a 10-10 overall record and 6-4 in the region. They have three games this week, hosting Nanih Waiya on Tuesday, hosting Leake Central on Friday and visiting Southeast Lauderdale on Saturday. The Yellowjackets close out the season at home on Monday against Newton County.
In their first game with Lake, the Hornets had a 7-4 edge at the plate. Union scored one in the fourth and three in the fifth while Lake answered with one in the first, two in the second, two in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Tre Bogan led with a double while Will Kennedy, Paul White and Ryan Baysinger all hit singles. Dustin Bates was the losing pitcher. He record seven strike outs.
Union came from behind to win the second game. Lake scored three in the first, two in the third, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. Union scored five in the first, one in the fifth, three in the sixth, two in the seventh and four in the eighth.
Zack Mowdy continued his amazing season. Just week after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL, Mowdy pitched eight innings and struck out seventh batters.
Will Kennedy went 4-for-4 with three doubles to lead Union. Bates, Taylor Coker and Bogan all hit a double and a single while Paul White added a single.
Saturday has not been a good day for Union this season and that continued in their losses to Kosciusko. Kennedy was the losing pitcher. Grant Gibbs and Taylor Coker both had two hits while Bogan hit a single.