West Union is on a three-game win streak after last weekend’s appearance at the Booneville Tournament.
The Lady Eagles dropped its first game to South Pontotoc, 4-3, on March 9, but defeated Wheeler, Belmont and Wooddale from Memphis last Friday.
The loss to South could have been bad as far as morale, but they took it with a grain of salt and knew there were things they could do better and that’s what they set their mind to,” West Union coach Lisa Bogue said.
The Lady Eagles opened the tournament, defeating Wheeler, 5-4. In a game that could be seen later in the postseason, Julianna Garner went 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI to lead West Union.
“Wheeler is a team we can very well meet in the playoffs, and we were thrilled to pick up that win,” Bogue said. “It was an intense game, and Julianna was amazing. Without her bat, we couldn’t have won that game.”
West Union later defeated Belmont, 1-0, behind the pitching of Brittany Taylor, who recorded 10 strikeouts and held Belmont to only one hit.
“Belmont was a great game that we needed going into division play to see how we would handle that pressure and how we would react on defense,” Bogue said.
Gracen Conlee finished the game 2-for-2, and the Lady Eagles’ lone run came after Bailey Bogue reached on an error and Gracen Conlee plated the junior later in the inning.
West Union finished the day with a 22-0 win over Wooddale from Memphis. Seventh grader Emily Botts pitched the three-inning game, finishing with seven strikeouts in the win.
West Union was scheduled to play Hickory Flat on Tuesday and will enter division play with a double header at Ashland on Thursday.
Ingomar and East Union were also in tournament action, playing at North Pontotoc. The Lady Falcons dropped to 5-3 after losses to Tupelo, 14-2, and North Pontotoc, 16-1, while the Lady Urchins finished with an 8-8 tie against Hamilton, fell to North Pontotoc, 14-2, and defeated Ripley, 11-1, making its record 5-3-1 heading into Tuesday’s double header on the road at Walnut and Blue Mountain.
This year’s Union County softball tournament will be at BNA Bank Park on Friday and Saturday. The two-day affair will open with New Albany playing Myrtle and Ingomar playing East Union, beginning at 5:30 p.m.