By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
BALDWYN – For many, the East Union Urchins entered the 2013 baseball season as a favorite in Class 2A.
Yet the beginning of this week found the Urchins looking up at the Baldwyn Bearcats in the Division 1-2A standings.
They see eye-to-eye now.
East Union pounded out 14 hits to back a solid pitching performance by Austin Sanders to grasp a 12-2 victory on Tuesday.
“This was a big game for us simply because we want to win the division,” East Union head coach Chris Basil said. “But the big game is Friday.”
The two division leaders do square off again Friday as Baldwyn (13-4, 8-1) travels to East Union (14-9, 8-1), with the winner of the contest grabbing the No. 1 seed and a first round bye in the 2A playoffs.
The Urchins grabbed control of this contest early with two runs in the top of the first. Cody Dillard and Tray Davis each had RBI singles in the frame on top of two Baldwyn errors as the Urchins moved ahead 2-0.
On the night, both Dillard and Davis each collected four hits, but the contest settled into a pitching duel for the next three innings between Sanders and Baldwyn’s Bishop Davis.
But in the fifth, East Union broke the contest open, doing its damage all with two outs. East Union plated four runs in the frame, including a Tyler Hutcheson two-run triple.
A Dillard double scored a solo run in the sixth, then Dillard concluded his night with a two-run home run in the seventh, part of a five-run inning.
“East Union just absolutely brought it tonight,” Baldwyn head coach Shannon Smith said. “I knew they were going to score runs, we just didn’t answer back.
“Still we’re in good shape, and we need just one win.”
Baldwyn scored its two runs in the bottom of the seventh.