MYRTLE – The West Union Lady Eagles are proving with each game that they are a well-rounded team.
Evidence of that was found in the Eagles’ two-game sweep of county rival Ingomar in a best-of-3 series at West Union High School. The Eagles took Game 1, 5-1, before exploding to a 17-0 win in Game 2.
“When we hit we feel like we can play with anybody in the state, no matter the classification,” said West Union head coach Andy Kirk, “but when we don’t we have to rely pretty heavy on our defense, and giving three runs over the past seven games really says a lot about how hard the girls play on defense.”
In Game 1, senior catcher Robyn Taylor broke open an 1-1 game with a two-out triple to left-center to plate Jessica Gates and Kimberly Jumper in the bottom of the third. West Union added two more runs on a two-out double by Taylor in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-1 Lady Eagles.
While Taylor had four RBIs in Game 1, Jumper had two big base hits of her own.
“We had some big two-out timely hits by Kimberly and Robyn that were huge for us,” Kirk said.
Each team traded runs in the first inning with Kate Webb scoring on a sacrifice fly by Shelly Grishman for Ingomar, and Jumper singling and scoring on a Rachel Baker sacrifice fly for West Union.
In the second game, West Union jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning on a pair of Ingomar errors and RBI singles by Carley Wilkerson and Julianna Garner. The Lady Eagles tacked on four runs in the second and three runs in the third, highlighted by a solo home run by April Rollins.
“That’s only the second home run hit in this ballpark, and says a lot considered how many games and good teams have come through this program and have played on this field over the years,” Kirk said.
Rollins joins former Lady Eagle Brittney McGregor, who homered during the 2007 playoffs against the Houlka Lady Wildcats.
West Union will take on the winner of the Ray Brooks-Pine Grove series on Saturday.
Adam Gore/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal