Hot bats all day helped the Lady Eagles soar into the north half championship after a sweep of Jumpertown, 12-3 and 17-6, on Saturday.
West Union trailed the Lady Cardinals, 3-2, going into the bottom of the fourth inning in game one. Loading the bases with one out, Kylie Massengill tied the game with her single, and Callie Baggett gave the Lady Eagles a huge boost with an inside the park grand slam, giving West a 7-3 lead.
“Callie came through with big hits for us,” West Union coach Lisa Bogue said. “It was a close game at that point, and she came through with that big hit and just put it in the right spot.”
West Union added a run on a sac fly from Gracen Conlee in the fifth and scored four more in the sixth, highlighted by an RBI single from Bailey Bogue.
Bogue, Brittany Taylor and Jodie McMillin each had two hits, and Jesslyn Brewer had three hits to lead the Lady Eagles in the game one win. Baggett finished with a team-high five RBI.
Game two once again saw West Union trailing early, but a big second inning put the Lady Eagles ahead, leading to the eventual series sweep.
The Lady Cardinals scored two in the first, but West Union answered with six runs in the second, including an RBI triple from Baggett.
Five Lady Eagle batters had three hits, Julianna Garner, Taylor, Bogue, Hannah McQuary and McMillin, while Gracen Conlee and Grace Rutledge each had two hits.
“The girls just came out motivated, especially our seniors, since this was the last time they would play on their home field,” Bogue said. “They wanted to advance and be there next week, and we have that chance to keep playing.”
Awaiting the Lady Eagles is Smithville, who swept Myrtle in the second round on Saturday.
The Lady Seminoles’ offense came alive in the second inning of its 13-1 game one win. Scoring six runs on as many hits, the Lady ‘Noles had three RBI doubles in the frame. Smithville scored seven runs over the next two innings and ended the game after five innings. Myrtle’s lone run came on a bases loaded single from Emily Cook with two outs in the third.
Myrtle’s defense tightened up in game two of the series, but the Lady Seminoles advanced, winning 2-0. The north half championship series is set for Tuesday at Smithville.
“They’re a great team, and we really only have one day to prepare for them,” Bogue said. “Our girls know everything about them, and it’s going to be an exciting and challenging series.”