West Union is halfway to repeating as the fast pitch champions in Union County, opening the tournament with two Friday night wins.
Bailey Bogue went 3-for-4 on the day with a double, triple and home run, leading the Lady Eagles to a 4-2 win over Myrtle and 2-0 win over East Union.
Against the Lady Hawks, Bogue’s triple came with two outs and no runners on base. A Myrtle error scored Bogue, but the Lady Hawks quickly rebounded, scoring two runs off a hit by Jenna Jordan and a West Union error.
Down 2-1 in the third inning, two hits and an error gave the Lady Eagles the lead once more and Bogue’s double with runners on first and second brought in another run.
In the final game of the inning, the Lady Eagles only had four hits, but behind the pitching of Danielle Taylor, defeated East Union.
With no score in the bottom of the third, Julianna Garner reached base off an error and was later scored by Hannah McQuary. Bogue would later add an insurance run in the fourth with her lead off home run.
Danielle Taylor allowed only two hits, one in each game, while striking out 11 batters on the day.
East Union entered the game with the Lady Eagles at 1-0 after defeating Ingomar, 6-1 earlier in the evening.
The two teams were tied at one after the first before the Lady Urchins scored five unanswered, highlighted by a two-run shot by Rachel Elder in the fourth.
Allie Haynie led East Union with two hits, an RBI single in the first and a lead off double in the third while holding the Lady Falcons to one run off three hits and three strikeouts.
Ingomar finished the day with one win, coming from behind to defeat Myrtle, 6-5.
The Lady Falcons scored four runs in the second after a lead off double by Shelly Grisham. The senior was later plated on a sacrifice play by Morgan Kelly, and Hannah Russell also hit an RBI double in the frame.
Myrtle scored four runs over the next two innings to tie the game with Alie Bishop hitting two RBI singles, including one with bases loaded that tied the game.
After a lead off hit from Jenna Jordan, Kiana Judon gave the Lady Hawks the lead with her single and the Lady Hawks were three outs away from earning the win before Kate Webb opened the fifth inning with a solo home run to quickly tie the game. Amy Fooshee added a double and Lauren Koon scored Fooshee on her single. Erin Wall walked two Lady Hawks in the bottom portion of the frame, but Shelly Grisham contributed in a double play that ended the game.
Saturday’s second day of tournament action will start at 9 a.m. with Ingomar and New Albany, weather permitting. Check with Newalbanygazette.com or Twitter.com/ezaremba1618 throughout the day if there are any weather postponements or cancellations.
Standings after Day One
West Union 2-0
East Union 1-1
New Albany 0-0
Saturday’s schedule (weather permitting)
9 a.m. Ingomar vs. New Albany
10:15 Myrtle vs. New Albany
11:30 West Union vs. Ingomar
12:45 p.m. East Union vs. Myrtle
2:00 East Union vs. New Albany
3:15 West Union vs. New Albany