East Union’s Urchins were on the short end of a 5-2 deficit going into the bottom of the fifth inning at the Booneville tournament against the Tishomingo County Braves. The Urchins proceeded to score three runs in the fifth to rally and tie the score. East Union added the winning run in the sixth.
“It’s always good to win, it’s a funny game,” Coach Chris Basil said. “Witt (Roaten) didn’t have a great outing like he normally does. We had several errors behind him, but we scratched and clawed to come back and win.”
East Union took an early lead in the bottom of the first as Zane Wilkinson singled and Jacob Elder reached on an error. A well-executed double steal put East Union in scoring position. A Dakota Edwards ground-out scored Wilkinson and Lane Plunk’s RBI double plated Elder. East Union led 2-0 after one inning.
Tishomingo County came back in the top of the second with three runs to take a 3-2 lead. A leadoff walk, two errors and a single provided the runs for the Braves.
Tishomingo County would add single runs in the third and fourth innings to stretch their lead to 5-2. East Union had runners in scoring position during the second and fourth innings, but could not drive the runners in.
Thomas Moore got the rally started with his walk to lead off the fifth inning. Moore stole second, was balked to third and scored on a wild pitch. Wilkinson and Elder walked following Moore’s score and were driven in by Tray Davis’ two run double and the score was tied 5-5.
The final inning ended with a bizarre twist in the Urchins’ favor. DJ Armstrong’s third strike was dropped by the Tishomingo County catcher. As Armstrong ran to first, the catcher’s throw sailed over the first baseman’s glove and Armstrong wound up standing at third before the Braves could retrieve the baseball. A strikeout followed and with one away, Thomas Moore came to the plate. Moore’s bunt was fielded by Tishomingo County and he was thrown out at first, but an alert Armstrong slid safely home with the winning run. Moore was also the winning pitcher in relief of Witt Roaten.
“They gave us some opportunities and we got a big hit or two,” Basil said. “We’re young and hopefully we’ll do what we need to do to be successful.”
East Union finished 2-1 in the Booneville tournament and are now 5-3 on the season.