Young Urchins squad passes 1st playoff test

By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal

BLUE SPRINGS – After not making the playoffs last season, East Union coach Chris Basil was looking to get his young Urchins some positive postseason experience.
Mission accomplished.
In opening-round action of the Class 2A playoffs Saturday, the Urchins whipped Coahoma County in a doubleheader, taking the first game 13-0, then winning the second contest 17-2.
“With this young team, it was good to get some playoff victories,” said Basil, who has only two seniors on this year’s squad. “I think our immaturity showed early in the second game, but we’ve dealt with that all year.”
With its 2-0 sweep of the series, East Union (15-10) gets to deal with the Hamilton Lions in the second round of the playoffs, beginning Friday at Hamilton.
In Game 2 against Coahoma County, East Union had a bit of trouble dealing with the visitors early. In the top of the third inning, Coahoma saw a triple by Samerio Johnson score one run, the Johnson stole home to tie the score at 2.
But it seemed to be just the wake up call the Urchins needed. East Union responded with 14 runs in the bottom of the third to basically put the contest away.
Dustin Pratt had two hits and three RBI in the frame, including a triple. D.J. Armstrong also had three RBI in the inning as the Urchins sent 18 batters to the plate.
That was plenty for East Union starter Cody Dillard, who pitched three innings, giving up only the one hit, and only allowing two base runners in the third. Trey Barkley pitched the fourth inning for East Union.
“I was most please with our pitching today,” Basil said. “They threw strikes and the defense played well behind them.”
In Game 1, East Union scored at least two runs in each of the four innings they batted to back up the one-hit pitching of Chandler Coleman.
Offensively, Pratt had four hits in the contest, and Coleman aided his cause with a home run and three RBI.