West Union overcomes slow start to fly past Wheeler

Marley Long of West Union watches the flight of the double by Callie Baggett during game one of the series against Wheeler. Long doubled and scored on the Baggett double. West Union won the series 2-1. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Marley Long of West Union watches the flight of the double by Callie Baggett during game one of the series against Wheeler. Long doubled and scored on the Baggett double. West Union won the series 2-1 and will host Hamilton in the second round of playoffs on Saturday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

by Dennis Clayton

West Union got off to a rather slow start on Tuesday against Wheeler, but before the night was over, the Lady Eagles had their offense rolling as the won the opening series of the 1A softball playoffs against Wheeler 2-1. Wheeler won the opening game 3-2 with Bailey Bogue and Marley Long scoring the two runs for west Union. After a team meeting between games, the Lady Eagles from West Union got back to playing their brand of softball and having fun. They even broke out the Skittles for good measure.

West Union began to piece together some hits in the second game. In the fourth inning, the Lady Eagles put runs on the scoreboard through RBI’s by Bailey Bogue, Jesslyn Brewer and Kylie Massengill to take a 3-0 lead. Wheeler came back in their half of the inning to close the game to 3-2.

West Union sent eight batters to the plate in the top of the fifth however and extended their lead to 6-2. The Lady Eagles loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. Gracen Conlee hit a liner to right field that was misplayed and drove in two runs. Bailey Bogue later drove in the third run of the inning to put West Union up by the eventual 6-2 final score.

Game three saw West Union jump out to the early 3-0 and never look back. Jesslyn Brewer drove in two runs with her single and Kylie Massengill followed with a single and RBI.

The West Union second opened with four straight hits with Ashley Hatton and Marley Long getting things started. Callie Baggett had an RBI single and Brittany Taylor ripped a triple that drove in two more runs. Gracen Conlee drove in Taylor with a sacrifice fly RBI to extend the lead to 7-0.

West Union scored two runs in the third and fourth innings. Runs were scored by Massengill and Long in the third inning. The fourth inning saw Julianna Garner and Bailey Bogue score and the Lady Eagle lead went to 11-0.

Coach Lisa Bogue of West Union said of her team “We just came out today just dead, no enthusiasm, no spirit whatsoever and that showed in game one. We kinda woke up in game two but come game three, they were back to being themselves. They were cutting up and having fun and hitting the ball like we should. I was glad to see that.”

West Union improves to 22-7 on the year with the wins. Callie Baggett was the winning pitcher of both games. West Union will host Hamilton, winners over Broad Street by 14-0 and 23-0 scores, on Saturday.

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.