By Mike Hutchens, UC Schools Communications Director
Union City, Tenn.–Wins by both the Union City High School and Middle School baseball teams and solid showings by the UCHS track program and Lady Tornado tennis team in the Hendersonville Invitational highlighted weekend spring sports results by Purple and Gold athletes.
UC beat a pair of Jackson squads in baseball – Jackson Christian School 4-2 in high school play, and St. Mary 11-2 on the middle school diamond.
Tornado track and field had several athletes to shine, despite the absence of several top performers who were taking the ACT test.
And the UC girls’ tennis team split two matches – beating David Lipscomb Academy and falling to Maryville – before Saturday’s play was washed out in a highly-regarded mid-state tourney at Hendersonville.
The UCHS softball team was beaten by Halls, 7-4.
Noteworthy efforts from those contests were as follows:
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
UC 4, JCS 2
The Tornadoes scored twice in the third to break a 1-all tie and went on to beat visiting Jackson Christian School for their 17th win of the spring.
UC (17-6) made the most out of five hits (all doubles), the beneficiaries of seven walks and three Eagle errors, too.
Miles Odle doubled and drove in two runs, while Dalton Bone, Will Hogan, Sam Theobald and Tyler Walton also had two-base hits. Hogan reached base three times in all.
Bone, Walton and Theobald drove in runs.
Bone continued to impress on the hill, going the distance for his fourth win in five decisions this spring. The sophomore southpaw struck out seven and allowed just three hits and two walks.
Union City’s scheduled game for today at Greenfield has been postponed and will be made up Tuesday as part of a doubleheader when the Yellowjackets visit Elam Stadium. First pitch for Game 1 will be at 5 p.m.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL
UC 11, St. Mary 2
The Middle School Tornadoes avenged an earlier loss, breaking open a tight game with a seven-run fifth in Jackson.
Skylar Hall shined both at the plate and on the mound as he doubled and singled twice, then gave up just four hits in the complete game pitching victory.
D.J. Robinson had two hits, including a double, while Hayden Searcy drove in two runs for Union City.
Kyler Southerland reached base three times via a double and two walks and scored two times. Landon Hauhe and Hayden Kennedy both singled and scored, while Gunner Presson crossed the plate and drove in a run.
Now 7-12, UC plays at Trenton today.
HIGH SCHOOL TRACK
UC thinclads have solid effort
The Tornadoes had a nice showing against a huge field of quality teams at Paducah Tilghman.
Both UC teams placed fourth in 13-team fields.
The boys 4×800 relay team (Ben Martinek, Cedrion Cook, BJ Frankum, and Bobby Chrisp) placed second in a very exciting race.
Neil Brown recorded second-place finishes in both the discus and shot put. Destiny Kenton was runner-up in the shot put and Mariah Johnson placed second in the discus on the girls’ side.
Jaheim Ceaser turned in a runner-up finish in the 400 and also placed third in the triple jump.
BJ Frankum ran hard for a third place finish in the 2-mile with a time of 10:47. Beyonca Shade also did well in the 400, finishing in second place. The 4×100 and 4×200 girls relay teams (Daija Nunley, Kylie McCadney, Shyon Stephens, Beyonca Shade), finished fourth and third, respectively, in those events.
Bobby Crisp was second in the 800 meter run and Ben Martinek third. The 4X400 relay team of Crisp, Martinek, Matthew Parr and Grant Jernigan cam in third.
Katelyn Edmond turned in a personal record in the two-mile with a time of 14:05.
Union City will participate in a Huntingdon Quad Meet on Tuesday.
HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS
UC 5, Lipscomb Academy 2
Maryville 6, UC 1
Battling and splitting matches against top-flight competition will only help the Lady Tornadoes if they can advance deep into the postseason, according to Union City head coach Tom Sisco.
“As always this was a great event for our girls,” Sisco said. “This tournament has the environment of state competition, and every year we compete against top teams from across the state, which challenges us to step up our game.
“Without question, each match improves us in every phase of play and prepares us for the reminder of the season and post season play.”
UC got singles wins from Gussie Parks, Zoe Cagle and Gracyn Callicott against DLA, then clinched the match when Parks and Meg Kizer and Cagle and Sailor Bearden won in doubles play.
Caroline Conley was responsible for the Lady Tornadoes’ only win against Maryville, winning her singles match 8-6.
Union City’s record is now 8-4.
Both Tornado teams will be in action today at Huntingdon.
Vs. David Lipscomb
Meg Kizer vs Lauren Hinson 6-8
Gussie Parks vs Amber Pupel 8-3
Zoe Cagle vs Katie Baird 8-4
Gracyn Callicott vs Anna Bricker 8-1
Erin Gill vs Catalina Caputo 8-6
Caroline Conley vs Allie Nixon 3-8
Kizer/Parks vs Pupel/Hinson 6-3
Cagle/Sailor Bearden vs Bricker/Baird 6-1
Conley/Sloan Bearden vs Katie Grogan/Caputo match stopped
Meg Kizer vs Noelle Beswick 4-8
Gussie Parks vs Karie Schultz 4-8
Zoe Cagle vs Payton Murray 4-8
Gracyn Callicott vs Angelique Beswick 4-8
Erin Gill vs Rachel Huffer 2-8
Caroline Conley vs Olivia Larson 8-6
Kizer/Parks vs Beswick/Beswick match stopped.
Cagle/Sailor Bearden vs Schultz/Murray 3-8
Conley/Sloan Bearden vs Huffer/Larson 1-8
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Halls 7, UC 4
The Lady Tornadoes led twice in the early going before seeing their three-game winning streak snapped.
Tiffanie Oldaker went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to pace Union City (7-9).
Kallie Worrell doubled and had a ribbie and Gracie Laster drove in a run.
Gabby Jones reached base twice with a single and a walk and scored a run.
Worrell struck out eight, but was charged with the pitching loss.
UC is scheduled to play at Dresden today.