By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
BLUE SPRINGS – East Union Urchins head coach Chris Basil had Cody Dillard slated to start Game 2 of their semifinal series today against the Baldwyn Bearcats.
He got to warm up for that outing on Thursday.
Dillard came on to get the final out with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning to secure a 4-2 victory for the Urchins.
East Union leads the best-of-three semifinal series 1-0, with Game 2 set for today at 2 p.m. at Baldwyn.
“Austin Sanders did a terrific job on the mound for us tonight, and I’m proud of the way Cody Bo Dillard came in and saved it for us,” Basil said. “Baldwyn is a scrappy bunch.”
Both squads were scrappy this night, combining for only seven hits.
making them count
The Urchins (21-13) got one of their three hits by Trey Barkley to lead off the bottom of the first. Barkley eventually wound up on third on the play, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Tray Davis, and adding a run on a double steal for a 2-0 lead.
Baldwyn (21-6) responded with a solo run in the second on an RBI hit by Connor McKay. East Union covered that with another sac fly by Davis for a 3-1 advantage.
“We get out of that first inning without them scoring if we hold that hit to a single,” Baldwyn coach Shannon Smith said. “I told the guys we’ve been down 0-1 before during the season to East Union, and in the playoffs to Calhoun City.
“I still think we’re in good shape.”
East Union added a run in the fifth on and error, and Baldwyn pushed across a run in the sixth, also on an error.
Sanders got two quick outs in the top of the seventh before the Bearcats got two base runners off him, and loaded the bases off Dillard prior to the strike out.