Union County 13-year-olds take second place
Union County’s 13-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team looked like it was on its way to a District 3 title.
In its first two games, UC had double-digit wins, including a 14-1 decision over Baker on Saturday.
But in the end, it was the squad from Baker who used a nine-run seventh inning in the title game to take home the district title with a 12-6 victory on Sunday.
Baker jumped on the board with two runs in the first inning.
Marcus Plumley took advantage of a Devon Davis miss on strike three swinging to come home to score.
Later in the inning, Trevor Custer hit an infield RBI single to put the lead at 2-0.
In the second inning, Davis roped an RBI double, and just like that Baker was on top 3-0 against a team that hadn’t trailed during the tournament.
Pitcher Seth Dixon, meanwhile, kept the Union County bats in check during the first couple of innings.
But UC broke out of it in the third.Garrett Vaughn and Ryan Adams drew two-out walks before Jon Gonzalez reached base on an error.
That led to a two-run single by Zack Jacobs to get UC on the board, before Jake Workinger came through with an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3.
The next two innings went scoreless on both sides, until Union County broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth.
Matthew Wisdom’s RBI single brought home Workinger from second base, putting UC on top for the first time in the game.
But it didn’t last long.
Baker had an emphatic response in the bottom of the seventh.
Plumley and Dixon both drew leadoff walks off of Gonzalez, who replaced starter Jake Workinger after six innings.
Davis came through with an RBI fielder’s choice to tie the game.
An RBI single Trevor Bennett and a two-run single by Custer quickly followed and the runs just kept pouring in.
Union County got an RBI double from Gonzalez and an RBI single by Jacobs in the bottom of the seventh, but the lead was too much to overcome and Baker won the title.
Jacobs was three for four with three RBIs.
In the seventh inning a scary situation occured when he slid into second base wrong, injuring his leg.
An ambulance was called and transported him to the hospital for further tests.
Union County will enter the state tournament as the No. 2 seed, while Baker goes in as the No. 1 seed.
Union 14, Baker 1
Union County opened the tournament with an easy win against eventual champion Baker.
UC got four runs in the first, two in the second and third and six more in the sixth.
Gonzalez, Workinger and Jacobs all scored three runs, while Brad Bell crossed twice.
Union 21, SRV 0
UC put up nine first-inning runs en route to the easy win over Snake River.
Aaron Goss’ two-run double started things off, followed by an RBI single by Wisdom, a bases-loaded walk by Isaac Chamberlain and a two-run single by Vaughn.