The effort has been there all season, but West Union coach Ashley Russell is starting to see his team back that up in their play. The Eagles swept their second opponent in as many weeks, advancing to the quarterfinals in 1A after defeating Thrasher last weekend.
“I’ve never doubted their effort throughout the season,” Russell said. “In the last few weeks, I’ve seen them step up in their play, and I’m proud of how they’ve played. They’ve really stepped up, and we have another challenge next week.”
After defeating Thrasher, 5-1, on Friday, West Union found themselves down early after a two-run home run by Luke Walden. The Eagles got on the board in a big way in the fifth inning, scoring 12 runs, ending the game and advancing the Eagles to this weekend’s series against Tupelo Christian.
Chase Bogue and Joey Dillard had multiple hits for the Eagles in game two, while Drew Garrett had the win on the mound. Ashley and the Eagles will now prepare for TCPS, who eliminated Myrtle last weekend.
“We’ll just keep working the fundamentals, and we know we’ll have to be sharp in all areas,” Russell said. “TCPS is a good team, and we’ll be ready.”
TCPS advances after sweeping Myrtle, 12-2 and 8-3.
In Thursday’s game one, Brandon Perkins’ home run was the highlight offensively for the Hawks, as five Eagles had multiple hits in TCPS’s 12-2 win. Riley Clayton had the loss on the mound for the Hawks.
At home on Friday, Anthony Lipsey had two hits, including a home run, in Myrtle’s 8-3 loss. Ben Ausburn had the loss on the mound, and the Hawks finished the season at 16-10.
Also eliminated over the weekend was Ingomar, who dropped games two and three against Smithville after a stellar performance on the mound by Tyler Dowdy in Thursday’s game one win.
Dowdy pitched the complete game against Smithville, finishing with eight strikeouts and had a no-hitter in the Falcons’ 4-0 win.
Brady Cox put Ingomar on the board in the fourth, bringing in a run off of a sacrifice fly out, which was followed by a two-run single by Dillen Speck. A Smithville error in the fifth brought in Ingomar’s fourth run, plating Dowdy.
Josh Thompson had two hits to lead Ingomar in the win.
Traveling to Smithville on Friday, the Seminoles answered with a 4-3 win. Stephen Laird had multiple hits to lead the Falcons, and Austin Sanders had the loss on the mound.
Smithville scored seven runs in the final two innings of Saturday’s game three to take the series with a 12-4 win. Laird again had multiple hits for the Falcons, while Dowdy had the loss on the mound. Ingomar season ends with a 20-8 record.