Hawks win second straight UCT baseball title
It’s still an early season for Myrtle, but despite needed game experience, the Hawks wrapped up their second straight Union County Tournament Championship on Friday, defeating East Union, 2-0.
The Hawks used a four-run first inning to score their lone runs of the game and had several opportunities to add to that, loading the bases in each of the last three innings.
“Timely hitting, we’ve got to come through with the timely hits,” Hawks Head Coach Robert Gordon said. “Right now, we’re not hitting the ball very well. We’re getting more reps and live at bats and all of that will pay off.”
“A lot of that is attributed to this only being our sixth game. A lot of teams have played more, and we’re still learning. We just need more quality reps and hopefully our hitting will be more timely.”
Adam Baker earned the win on the mound, allowing only three hits for the Urchins while striking out five batters. Russ Yates and Zach Perkins each had multiple hits for the Hawks.
Myrtle claimed the county tournament championship after New Albany topped West Union, 11-3, in the final game of the tournament.
New Albany scored in each inning, starting with an RBI single by Drew Wray in the first. The senior later added a two-run shot in the fourth, making it 10-3.
West Union tied the game in the second off a two-run blast by Zak Jumper, giving the Eagles five home runs for the tournament. The Bulldogs regained the lead off a double by Joshua Googe and scored four runs in each of the last two innings.
The Bulldogs finish with a 2-1 record, same as Myrtle, but the tie-breaker gives the title to the Hawks.
“We had two big win against two quality teams; some of the better teams we’ll play throughout the year,” Gordon said. “It’s big for us, especially since we had such a big loss of talent from last year and having to regroup with everyone, trying to fill in voids. We’ve done a good job of that so far, and our kids are still working on finding that lineup. We’ve made a lot of changes this week, just trying to see who will step up to be in the starting lineup.”
In the days’ other game, New Albany topped East Union, 7-3, with multiple hits coming from Wray and Taylor Goode.
Down 1-0 in the third, East Union tied the game with a single by Tray Davis that scored Alex Boland, who reached earlier on a two-out double. New Albany answered with four runs off five hits in the bottom half of the frame, highlighted by Wray’s second RBI double of the game.
Final standings for the tournament are as follows: Myrtle (2-1), New Albany (2-1), East Union (1-2) and West Union (1-2).
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