By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
HATLEY – Two insurance runs in the seventh inning for East Union proved to be key in its 6-4 division baseball win over Hatley, as the Urchins shut down a Tigers’ comeback in the bottom half of the inning.
With a 4-2 lead going into the final inning, East Union (7-7, 2-0 Division 1-2A) got an RBI groundout from Cody Bo Dillard and a solo homer from Trey Davis. Hatley countered with a pair of two-out, bases-loaded walks before Dillard came on in relief to shut the Tigers down.
“Those insurance runs are huge,” East Union coach Chris Basil said. “Anytime you play a team like this, they’re just so well-coached and scrappy that when you can get an insurance run here and there, that says a lot.”
Hatley (10-4, 0-3 Division 1-2A) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first after Russ Johnson singled and scored on a wild pitch. Brock Kidd later drove in a run on a groundout.
The Urchins finally got to Hatley starter Hunter Schrock with a four-run fifth inning. Trey Barkley singled, and Dustin Pratt, Dillard and Davis all followed him up with RBI doubles before Josh Carlisle came in to get out of the jam.
Schrock (3-1) took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits.
“Schrock changed speeds well on us. We were looking for the fastball, and he started throwing his changeup for a strike,” Basil said. “He just did a tremendous job, and he’s a very good baseball player.”
Johnson went 2 for 4 for Hatley, while Schrock also added a pair of hits.
“I thought we pitched well enough to win the game. To their credit, they hit the ball well with runners in scoring position,” Hatley coach John Harris said. “It’s just been the same story over and over all year long. We’re just not getting the big hits right now, and until we do, we’re going to struggle.”