Urchins sweep in opening round of summer baseball play

BLUE SPRINGS – Summer league baseball jumped out to a strong start for the East Union Urchins, who swept Ingomar, Myrtle and Booneville in a Thursday afternoon tournament of three five-inning contests.

Ingomar also picked up a win, defeating Booneville 4-0 in the second game of the day.

East Union 4, Booneville 3

Rising senior Lane Plunk picked up the win on the mound for the Urchins, as East Union scored two in the opening pair of innings.

The Blue Devils added one of their own in the second taking a 3-2 advantage on a two-RBI single in the top of the third.

East Union’s rally came with a walk-off hit by Thomas Moore, scoring teammate Josh Basil.

Ingomar 4, Booneville 0

A double and a couple of errors put the Falcons on top in their first game of the day, with a double from Dillen Speck scoring runner Cade Hall.

Speck also earned the win on the mound, striking out seven in four complete innings and walking four others while giving up one

base hit to Booneville’s Cade Scroggins.

The Falcons loaded the bases in the fifth inning with a walk and two base hits, Hall’s fielder’s choice scored one runner, and a base hit from Joseph Broom another for the 4-0 win.

East Union 5, Ingomar 2

The Urchins win streak extended to two games, even as Ingomar opened with a 2-0 lead.

Batter Kelton Hall opened the game with a single against East Union’s ace pitcher Witt Roaten, with a double from Cade Hall bringing the freshman to home plate.

Cade added the second run on a tag and go before the Urchins answered at the bottom of the inning with one run off a walk and their own double.

Both teams put in zeros in the second inning, with East Union opening off a three-run blast in the bottom of the third.

Three walks loaded the bases for the Urchins, with a fielder’s choice hit by Ty McDonald scoring two off an error at first.

A second error brought in the third run by Roaten, giving East Union a 4-2 lead.

Two more runs came at the bottom of the fifth, with both walked in by the Falcons after a pitching change from starter Kelton Hall.

Three fly-outs from Ingomar ended the game.

East Union 13, Myrtle 0 

A depleted pitching staff for the Myrtle Hawks led to a 13-0 victory for East Union as the Urchins opened the five inning contest by scoring 11 in the bottom of the first.

East Union sent 15 batters to the plate to combine for four singles and two doubles, one from McDonald and another Plunk for a combined four runs.

After the first inning, the Hawks found some strikes, moving forward to strike out six batters in the remaining four innings and giving up only one hit – a single to Zane Wilkinson that brought Basil home in the fourth.

The Urchins last run of the game, a sprint to home plate by Grant White came from a passed ball.

Looking forward:

Ingomar, Myrtle, and East Union will continue their summer league games through June. The New Albany Bulldogs and West Union Eagles also have games scheduled.

East Union and NAHS will also participate in the NEMCAABB tournament beginning on June 19-20 at East Union.

About Donica Phifer

Donica Phifer grew up in Tishomingo, Miss with two older brothers whose extracurricular activities taught her all about sports at an early age. Before joining the Gazette staff as the Sports Editor, she was a sportswriter for The Daily Corinthian and the Online Editor for three years at The Daily Mississippian, the student newspaper of The University of Mississippi. In her free time she's usually at an Ole Miss sporting event, cheering on the Rebels.

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