Union drops series opener
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:00 AM
When Union and Enterprise get together to play baseball these days there are a couple things you can count on - It's going to be close, and it won't be decided until the last batter steps to the plate.
That scenario played out once again on Monday night, as Enterprise used a walk-off walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete an amazing comeback and take a 9-8 win over Union in the third round of the MHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Playoffs.
The win gave Enterprise a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series that was set to conclude on Tuesday, weather permitting. The two teams were scheduled to meet in Union at 4 p.m. If Union won that game, then a third game would be played immediately following. However, in that game Enterprise would be the designated home team.
Union and EHS had played twice in the regular season with both games seeing the home team win in their last at bat.
"We have played them three times and there have been three walk-offs," said UHS head baseball coach Dustin Hamrick. "I guess that makes us pretty evenly matched."
Although Monday's loss was heartbreaking, Hamrick has seen enough of his team to believe they will be able to bounce back.
"Our guys are pretty resilient," he said. "They may lose a tough game, but the next day they are pretty good. They understand the 24-hour rule. You just have to put it behind you and move on to the next game."
Union scored one in the top of the first and two more in the second to take a 3-0 lead, before the Bulldogs hit for a six-spot in the second. Union then picked up a single run in the fourth and four in the top of the seventh, before Enterprise responded for three runs and the win in the bottom of the inning.
"They just came out smoking the ball in the seventh inning," Hamrick said.
Paul White, Austin Hood and Ryan Baysinger had two hits each for Union in the game, while Hood drove in a pair of runs and White, Jake Rawson, Dustin Bates, Grant Gibbs, Walter Kelly and Baysinger had an RBI each.
Rawson was expected to get the start on the mound for Union in the first game on Tuesday.