Union Middle falls to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
“It was by far the best game we have ever played this year,” said Eddie Bass, coach for the Union Spartans.
“The difference in the game was Sampson Middle School got the big two out hits and we just could get one. We had runners on second and third in the first (inning). And (we had runners on) first (base), and second in the fourth (inning) with no outs and (we) didn’t score either time.”
Early in the first three innings, two Sampson Dark Horses rounded the bags putting them up by two. Without haste, the Spartans answered back sweeping home plate twice themselves.
Sampson brought home two more runs in the fourth and fifth. However, they could not pull away. The Spartans again attacked, scoring three runs in the fifth.
The back and forth battle would end in the next inning when again Sampson scored three times — Union could muster one, but it was not enough. The final score, 7-6.
Leaders at the plate for Union were Cameron Spearman with three hits, Alfredo Garcia and Hagan Thornton with three RBI’s and two hits.
Tyndall had three hits and Faulkner had two for Sampson.
“We outhit them 11-8 but they got the hits when they counted,” said ass.
Dark Horse Will Pearson was the winner pitcher.
Union’s next game will be at home this Thursday against Midway who stands undefeated .
The young ladies from Union Middle beat the Sampson Dark Horses Monday 6-5 after eight dramatic innings.
Megan Smith of Union was the winner pitcher with 19 strike outs, and helped her own cause with two hits.
Smith and her defensive held up well through the first five innings, but faltered in the sixth giving up four runs. But as the ladies found themselves down by one, they turned it around in the seventh.
Jenlee Edge was hit by a pitch sending the Spartan to first, however, she didn’t stop and went on to second base, stealing third while Taylor Malpass was up at bat.
Malpass was walked to first and she kept going to second a failed attempt to throw her out was made — during which Edge ran home.
With the score tied at five the game entered the eight inning. Union loaded bases, recalled coach Dana Strickland. “And Megan Smith hit it all the way to the fence.”
The game was called after the first run.
Smith had 19 strike outs, two hits; Emmallee Howard, one hit; Dasja Johnson, three hits; Janlee Edge, one hit and Shannon Melvin, two hits.
“It was really impressed with how some of our young players came through,” said Strickland.
“And I want to say that Sampson has done a 100 percent turn around ... They really impressed me tonight.”
Strickland also took a few moments to thank the parents for the continued support. “I want them to know we really appreciate the parent support. It makes all the difference.”
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