It is still early season, but the Lady Eagles are feeling the heat, not only in competition, but literally, with the weather. After defeating Hickory Flat 15-0 on Tuesday, West Union held on for a 13-7 win on the road against the same Lady Rebel squad on Thursday.
“We’re exhausted, and that’s bad this early in the season, but the heat has drained us,” West Union coach Lisa Bogue said. “I don’t think they were taking the team for granted, there was just no energy to do the extra things.”
West Union got on the board first scoring four runs in the first off only one hit by Gina Beth Conlee and six walks. The Lady Eagles added to that in the second with an RBI hit by Hannah McQuary, but the Lady Rebels worked their way back in, scoring six runs over the third and fourth innings to eventually tie the game at seven.
From that point, West Union took over, scoring five runs in the fifth, including a bases loaded triple by Julianna Garner, giving the Lady Eagles the win.
“They found a way to win. There was no energy or enthusiasm, and I know we’re all tired and hurting, but they found a way to pull through in the end,” Bogue said.
McQuary had four hits to lead West Union (4-2) who have now won three straight since losing to South Pontotoc earlier this month. The Lady Eagles also had multiple hits from Bailey Bogue, and they were walked 22 times.
Raven Thomas and Brittany May had two hits each to lead Hickory Flat.
Pretty in pink
Bogue was approached by her team last season, as they were exploring options of purchasing new uniforms. The end result is an eye-turning pink uniform, honoring those affected by breast cancer.
“We have broke school tradition, but for a good cause,” Bogue said. “We’ve always had a pink game at least during one game for slow pitch, basketball and fast pitch, but this year, the girls bought their own uniforms and asked if they could do this all season long. We went through all the proper channels and got it approved. They wanted to support the lady survivors and the ones who weren’t so fortunate to survive breast cancer and honor them.”
The team will honor a breast cancer survivor after each home game this season, and Bogue said this will be the team’s uniform until the school is able to purchase new ones for the team.
“We have lots of teachers at school that have taught these girls and have survived,” she said. “I think there are also a few of the girls that have aunts battling or family members or church members. This is something they truly wanted to do, not to be different, but they really wanted to honor them.”
West Union will take on Belmont, Alcorn Central and Tishomingo County in this weekend’s Robertson’s Sportswear tournament at the New Albany Sportsplex.