The fifth ranked Tigers went into Regionals with one goal in mind; to reach state for the first time in 17 years. The regional consisted of four teams (Union City, Depew, Okarche, and Davenport). The road to state is never an easy path, but the Tigers never let that get in their way. Union City controlled all three games to punch their ticket into the State Tournament.
The first-round matchup in the regional featured a contest between the Tigers and Davenport. Union City came out firing on all cylinders taking a commanding 14-0 lead in two innings. The lead favored the Tigers allowing them to save pitching for the remainder of the tournament. The bats came alive as the Tigers combined for 23 hits, Joey Lorenzen and Ryan Reed led the way with 4 each. Union City really never looked back scoring 11 more runs in the game before run ruling Davenport 25-11.
Union City vs Depew (7-2)
The semi-finals of the regional featured an ace on ace matchup. Zane Robeaux got the start on the mound vs a good hitting Depew team. The Tigers jumped out early scoring 1 run in the top of the first inning after an RBI single from Landon Le. Depew tied things up in the bottom half of the first inning. Union City responded in the 2nd inning scoring 1 run from a sacrifice fly from BB Reed. Depew kept playing cat and mouse as they tied it up again in their half of the second.
The top of the third the Tigers got hot. Robeaux scored on a wild pitching giving the Tigers the lead. Aiden Norvelle extended the lead with a single to left field bringing home Casey Bieber. Blake Nelson also singled scoring Lorenzen and gave Union City a 5-2 lead. That lead was all that Robeaux needed to put away Depew. The game stayed without any offense until the top of the 7th when BB Reed put the icing on the cake with a two-run blast to left field. Union City eventually defeated Depew 7-2 sending them to the Regional Championship game.
The Tigers were in the driver seat now, needing only 1 more win to send them to State. Depew defeated Okarche and gave them another shot at Union City. Union City wanted nothing else but to win the game right then and there. The boys were excited and came out with intensity. Ryan Reed got the start on the mound and shut Depew down in the top of the first. Union City jumped out to an early lead from an RBI groundout from Casey Bieber. Reed continued to shut down the Depew in the 2nd inning. In the bottom half of the inning Reed helped himself out by sending a deep three run homerun into left center. Depew would eventually get a run in the fourth inning but that would be all they would get.
In the fifth inning catcher Aiden Norvelle hit a bases clearing double giving the Tigers a 7-1 lead. Union City could feel the excitement in the air. The Tigers needed 4 more runs to run rule Depew and send them to State. The Tigers scored 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth extending the lead to 9. The bottom of the sixth came around and The Tigers got rowdy. All they needed was one more run. Norvelle and Nelson hit back to back singles. Taylor Fewell came into run for Norvelle and he advance on a passed ball. BB Reed stepped up to the plate and drove a ball to left field for a single bringing home Fewell and sending Union City to the state tournament for the first time since the fall of 2000. The game was also the 8 seniors final home game. There is no better way to close out your final home game than a dog pile.