West Bladen traveled to take on Union Wednesday evening in a game that turned out to be a classic. It took 13 innings, 6 more than are scheduled to decide the game, as Union won 3-2.
Union gave up 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning, and then was able to tie the game up in the 5th. Union had many opportunities to win the game before the 13th, but had some things not go their way.
In the bottom of the 13th, Union managed to get the bases loaded, with nobody out. With speed on 3rd base in Dawson Thornton, a long fly ball would be enough for the runner to tag and win the game. That’s exactly what Bryson Worely gave the Spartans, as he hit a bomb to center field. The West Bladen centerfielder caught the ball, but Thornton tagged to score easily, and Union was able to earn their first conference win over a good West Bladen team.
It was one of Ryan Hall’s best games pitching for Union throughout his career. The 2 runs that he allowed in the first inning were unearned. After Hall pitched 7 innings, the Spartans got good work out of Justin Kornegay, who pitched the other 6 innings, and was credited as the winning pitcher.
“It was a complete game. It was a team victory, and I’m so proud of the way our team fought. It was a heck of a game from Ryan Hall and Justin Kornegay on the mound, and we finally had some big plays when we needed them. I’m really proud of the guys, and it feels so good to finally get over the hump and get our first conference win,” said head coach Josh Rackley of Union.
Union is now 1-4 in conference play.