East Union opened quickly but could not hold on in game two of the 2A state championships last Friday.
After falling in game one of the series last Wednesday, the Urchins were needed a win on Friday to force the series to a deciding game three. Offensively, East Union did what was needed in the first inning, loading the bases on walks of Dustin Pratt and Cody Bo Dillard. A single by Tray Davis set up the bases loaded situation.
Austin Sanders brought in the first run and reached base on an error, and Austin Basil gave the Urchins a 3-0 lead after his two-run single.
Those were the only runs East Union would have in the game, as the Tartars slowly chipped away at the lead, beginning with its first run in the second inning.
With two outs and a runner at first, Jordan Hayes was walked for Taylorsville, and Bryce Ainsworth drove in the Tartars’ first run on a single.
Sam Walley made it a one run game in the third inning. An error and hit batter placed runners on first and second for the senior’s single.
The Urchins placed runners on base in the fourth, but were unable to add any runs. Taylorsville took the lead in the bottom of the frame. Hayes had a lead off single for Taylorsville, but was picked off for the first out.
With two outs in the fourth, Taylorsville loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter. With Walley up to bat once more, the senior plated two runs to put the Tartars ahead, 4-3. Taylorsville would load the bases once more, but the Urchins would get out of the inning down only one run.
With two outs in the fifth, Taylorsville would add an insurance run with two outs. After a single by Ainsworth, he would later score on an RBI single by Austin Moffett, putting the Tartars ahead, 5-3.
Jacob Elder gave the Urchins an opportunity in the sixth, hitting a lead off single, but he was stranded at second in the inning. The Urchins would have two runners on with one out in the seventh, but a double play ended the game.
Four players for Taylorsville finished with multiple hits in the game, Ainsworth, Walley, Zach Walker and Jarvis Griffith, while Basil led the Urchins’ offense, driving in two runs in the game.
Dillard finished his career on the mound, throwing six innings and allowing four earned runs in the game.
East Union finished its season at 23-16 (8-1), second in division 1-2A play, north half champions and runners up in the state for 2A.