By Dennis Clayton
MYRTLE – West Union got a win over Myrtle on Thursday and in the process assured themselves of the division title for the seventh year in a row. West Union defeated Myrtle 5-1 in a tightly contested game.
“Huge game, very stressful game for both teams and it was very stressful for me,” West Union coach Lisa Bogue said. “I don’t know why, but today was just a very stressful day. Myrtle is a good team and we came to win and I’m glad that we did for our seniors.”
Both teams had a lot at stake in the contest, West Union was trying to remain perfect in the division and claim the title while Myrtle was trying to remain in second place.
The game went three innings with neither team scoring, West Union threatened in the top of the second, but left runners stranded at second and third. Myrtle left Callie Denton stranded in the bottom of the second following her two-out double.
West Union scored in the top of the fourth as Bailey Bogue singled and later scored on Gracen Conlee’s RBI double. Conlee later scored when the Myrtle attempt to get her in a run-down between home and third failed and the Lady Eagles took a 2-0 lead.
West Union scored three runs in the sixth inning as Conlee reached on an error. Callie Baggett followed in the batting order and also reached on an error. Kylie Massengill loaded the bases with her bunt single. Chase Coffey provided the biggest hit in the game as she tripled into right, driving in three runs to put West Union up 5-0.
Myrtle came back in the bottom of the inning to score one run as Keely Chunn reached on an error and later scored to close the score to 5-1.
Brittany Taylor retired the Lady Hawks in order in the seventh to seal the win for West Union. Taylor struck out seven batters in the win.
“Tonight, the big inning that they (West Union) had started with an error and you cannot give a good team like West Union extra outs,” Myrtle coach Marty Cook said. “Proud of my girls and their effort, we hit the ball pretty hard at times, just right at them. We hope to see them later again in the playoffs.”
West Union is 17-6 overall and 9-0 in division. Myrtle is 11-9 on the season and 7-3 in division.