Union evens record, opens region play
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:00 AM
The Union Yellowjacket baseball team evened its record to 4-4 on the season as they went 2-1 in the Meridian Spring Fling Classic last week.
Union Yellowjackets first baseman Ryan Baysinger catches a ball as a Philadelphia runner dives into the base.
The Yellowjackets opened with a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia. They bounced back to defeat Forest 8-7 and Ethel 10-0.
"It was a good week for us," Coach Dustin Hamrick said. "We could get a run in against Philadelphia. But we came back and picked up two good wins."
The Yellowjackets have three games this week. They host Newton High School on Tuesday and visit the Tigers on Thursday in a pair of Region 5-2A game. On Saturday, the Yellowjackets host Nanih Waiya.
The Yellowjackets could not plate a run as the Tornadoes scored their runs in the first and held on for the victory.
Jake Rawson took the pitching loss. Union hitters were Michael McDonald, Austin Hood, Will Kennedy and Lake Stevens, who all hit singles.
The Yellowjackets took the lead in the seventh inning to knock off the Forest Bearcats.
Union scored two in the first, two in the third and four in the seventh. Forest scored two in the fourth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Hood picked up the win in relief of Walker Kelly, who pitched 5 1/3 innings.
Justin Bates led with two singles.
Jake Rawson, Kelly and Adam Richardson all added singles.
Bates threw a no-hitter as Union to a win over Ethel.
Union scored two in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth and three in the seventh. Bates finished with eight strike outs.
Union finished the day with seven hits. Rawson hit a double and a single while Stevens had two singles. Hood, Bates and Richardson all had one hit.