Union cruises past West LincolnBy ROBBIE ROBERTSON,
With a mid-season losing streak far behind them, the Union Lady Yellowjackets cruised to a first-round playoff win in slow-pitch softball last week.
After falling 12-9 to Philadelphia to finish second in their division, the Lady Yellowjackets rebounded as they hammered visiting West Lincoln 10-0 and 15-0 to advance to the second round of the Division I slow-pitch playoffs.
With the win, the Lady Yellowjackets improved to 15-8 on the season. After an easy first round, the Lady Jackets will have a stern test in the second round as they travel to Enterprise on Tuesday with the first game scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
While the Lady Jackets swept on Saturday, coach Jacob Casey thought his team was flat for the 10 a.m. start.
“We had to move the series up because of the threat of rain,” Casey said. “The first game started at 10 am. and I felt like we came out a little sluggish and looked tired. But we ended up getting the win. But I thought we played a lot better in the second game and had a lot more energy. I was pleased with the way we played in the second game.
“I’m looking forward to going to Enterprise. They are always good and it should be a good series. They are talented this year but we have more talented players than we have had in a while. It should be a good series.”
Union 10, West Lincoln 0
It took six innings for the Lady Jackets to finally win by the run rule.
Union had three in the first, two in the third, one in the fourth and fifth and finished it off with three runs in the sixth inning.
Union had nine hits in the contest as Ansley Rigby led the way with three singles. Parker Breland had a pair of singles and drove in two runs. Anna Rigdon added a double.
Union 15, West Lincoln 0
The Lady Jackets wasted little time in jumping on West Lincoln as they scored six runs in the first inning en route to a three-inning, run-rule victory.
After leading 6-0, Union added three in the second and finished it off with six in the third.
Union had 14 hits in the game while Parker Breland had two doubles and a single and scored three RBIs. Ansley Rigby had two singles and drove in three runs while Anna Rigdon added two singles while Lilly Burton and Mackenzie Dolan each had home runs.
Philadelphia 12, Union 9
Philadelphia scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the division championship on Tuesday.
Philly led 3-1 after the first inning before Union scored four in the second to go up 4-3. Union added two runs in the third and fourth innings and led 9-7 going into the seventh.
Union outhit Philadelphia 15-12 as Macey Lott and Anna Rigdon each had three singles apiece. Lilly Burton had a triple and a single while Dallas Brown had a pair of singles.