East Union had a fast start in their Tuesday game against Alcorn Central, but could not hold on, falling in extra innings, 11-10.
The Urchins and Bears had nearly identical at bats in the first with East Union scoring eight runs and Alcorn seven, each team with 12 batters in the frame. After that point, the Bears scored three in the third inning to take the 10-8 lead, and despite a late rally by the Urchins in the seventh, scored the winning run in the eighth inning.
“The first inning, we got a break with them making three errors right off the bat and we had some crucial base hits, but they just hit the ball when we weren't,” East Union Head Coach Chris Basil said. “They had five balls through the six hole that were perfectly placed, but on any other day would have been caught. After that, we just didn't swing the bats and they did.”
The Urchins' eight runs in the first came off of three hits and three straight errors by the Bears, which loaded the bases. Kirk Fryar, Austin Basil and Trey Barkley had the three hits in the frame, but Alcorn answered with five hits, including an RBI double by Jake Beck that scored their first two runs.
The Bears took the lead off back-to-back doubles in the third by Trae Bain and Justin Sparks and held the 10-8 advantge until the final two innings.
East Union scored a run off of an error in both the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game, but were unable to add to that in the eighth. Brady Lawson hit a leadoff single for the Bears in the bottom half and later scored off a single by Jay Moore to give Alcorn the win.
Basil led the Urchin offense with two of their four hits, and they were helped with five errors by the Bears. Moore had three hits to lead Alcorn Central, while Beck, Bain, Lawson and Phillip Quinn each had two, including two doubles by Beck.
East Union will take part in the Union County Tournament this weekend at West Union, playing West Union on Thursday and Myrtle and New Albany on Friday.