Urchins fight fatigue to aid West’s victory

By Blake Long/Special to the Journal

CORINTH – Austin Sanders admitted to being a bit weary after the full week he completed on Saturday.
One day after East Union completed its season in the state championship series, Sanders and four other Urchins helped the West to an 8-3 victory over the East in the NEMCABB Class 1A/2A all-star game.
The five senior representatives from East Union that saw action in the nine-inning affair at Jesse Bynum Field had already played in four contests the past seven days.
“It’s been a long week and I’m just tired,” said Sanders. “I wasn’t able to pitch during the state games, but I did DH.”
Sanders used his arm and bat to bolster the West. He had 2 RBIs, one on a fifth-inning single that scored his East Union teammate Trey Barkley.
He was also the winning pitcher in relief, but the East did touch him for two runs in the fourth.
Hatley’s Hunter Schrock hit a sacrifice fly and Thrasher’s Cole Lauderdale singled to give their team a 2-1 advantage.
The West scored seven runs over the next two frames to put the contest out of reach. West Best Offensive player Austin Floyd of Myrtle had two RBI singles in that stretch.
Steady carter
Drew Carter of TPCSwas named the Best Defensive player for the East after throwing three hitless innings to begin the game.
“This game I pretty much had the perfect amount of time to go out there and get my arm loose,” said Carter. “I was thankful I could get through without no hits.”
Steady pitching was hard to find past Carter. Fourteen pitchers combined to walk 18 batters, three of those with the bases loaded to force in runs.
Russ Johnson of Hatley was the East’s MVP after turning a nice double play at shortstop in which he leaped a base runner to complete the play.
Biggersville native Jordan Davis was named the Rusty Brown Sportsmanship Award winner.