Union County softball teams advance to next round

East Union and West Union opened the postseason with commanding first round series wins at home.

Hosting Shelby Broad Street, the Lady Urchins easily advanced to round two after winning 12-0 and 26-0.

A trio of Lady Urchins had three hits in the second game, and the team had two inside the park home runs from Callie Frazier and Tianna Castillo.

East Union scored 23 runs in the first inning, opening with nine consecutive hits. Castillo’s home run came with two on and gave the Lady Urchins a 5-0 lead, and Frazier also drove in three runs with her home run later in the inning.

The Lady Urchins had 19 hits in the first inning and added three more runs in the second to take the win.

Frazier, Ashley Leach and Brittany Prewett each had three hits in the game, while Castillo, Stephanie Hardy, Rebecca Sheffield and Sally Pannell each had two hits.

The Lady Urchins opened the day with a 12-0 win, led by Frazier and Leach with three hits each. Castillo had two hits and ended the game with a three-run triple in the fifth. East Union will host Hamilton this Saturday.

“These girls are in the same position they’ve been in for several years now,” East Union head coach Josh Blythe said. “We finished first in the division for the first time in a while, and we have Hamilton coming to us this weekend. We know what they are and what they bring, and I’ve told these kids that we have to play ball and we have a chance. That’s all we could ask for.”

“If they come out and hit the ball well and give it all they’ve got, we’ll give them all they can handle. We’re here, and we’re excited about that.”

West Union swept Blue Mountain, 17-0 and 21-0, and for the Lady Eagles, they are excited to be back in the postseason after missing out last year.

“We are extremely excited to be in the playoffs,” Lady Eagles head coach Lisa Bogue said. “We went from last place in division last year to first this year and we’re excited for the wins tonight. I thought we hit the ball extremely well, and the defense made plays.”

Julianna Garner and Bailey Bogue each had three hits in the game one win. Brittany Taylor brought in the game’s first run, and the Lady Eagles dropped 15 on the Lady Cougars in the first inning. Hannah McQuary also had two hits for the Lady Eagles.

Game two ended after only two innings, and six Lady Eagles had multiple hits, led by three hits from Gina Beth Conlee.

West Union scored 10 in the first, highlighted by an inside the park home run from Julianna Garner that plated three runs. The Lady Eagles will host Jumpertown in this weekend’s second round.

“We’ll have to focus, hosting Jumpertown next,” Bogue said. “We played them there about two weeks ago. We’re not taking them for granted.”

Myrtle set to host Smithville

The Lady Hawks had two wins at Ray Brooks on Tuesday, winning 10-1 and 19-6.

Meshay Cox had two home runs for the Lady Hawks in the 10-1 game one win. Myrtle led early 2-0, and Ray Boroks scored its only run in the first inning. Keely Chunn, Allie Bishop, Ashton Hogue and Heather Smith each had two hits for Myrtle in the win. After Cox's two home runs, the senior was walked seven times.

Emily Cook led Myrtle with three hits, two doubles, in the 19-6 game two win, and Audrey Cook had two hits. Next for the Lady Hawks is Smithville, who swept Falkner in the first round, and the series will be a rematch of last year’s north half championship.

“We will face a good opponent, and we knew after losing the division to West Union that if we made it past the first round, this is what we would face,” Myrtle head coach Robert Gordon said. “We’ll have them at home, and we won’t back down. They are the defending state champions for a reason, and we know they’re a good, solid squad. We look forward to the opportunity to compete against them and welcome the challenge.”

Lady Bulldogs sweep Greenville on the road

New Albany has been consistent in its playoff appearances, and made it past a big hurdle, winning in the first round. The Lady Bulldogs handed Greenville its only two losses of the season, 18-0 and 15-5.

“This is a huge monkey off of our backs,” Lady Bulldogs coach Shane Sanderson said. “We’ve made the playoffs, but haven’t been able to get past the first round, and we were able to do that today. We’ve had a great week of practice, and everyone is focused on the postseason. We’re peaking at the right time, and we hit the ball very well. We know we have a challenge in front of us this weekend, and it’s going to be an intense series.”

Shaneka Cullins led the Lady Bulldogs in the 18-0 game one win, finishing 3-for-3 with seven RBI, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning. The senior also had two doubles in the win.

Kayla Pavlick, Angel Joslin and Quinlon Amos each had two hits, and Mallory Beaty had a triple.

Beaty finished game two leading the offense with four hits and four RBI.

New Albany trailed 2-0 after the first inning, but bounced back to take a 5-2 going to the top of the third. Megan Dye finished with three hits, and Lauren Cavender, Cullins, Amos, Joslin and Tamarria Ivy each had two hits. Amos also had an inside the park home run and brought in five runs.

New Albany will host Houston at BNA Bank Park this Saturday.

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