The Union City Tigers magical season came to a close last Friday. The Tigers made it to the State Tournament for the first time since 2000. Union City entered the State Tournament with an impressive 30-3 record and looking to make a statement.
#5 Union City vs #4 Stonewall (5-4)
The #5 Tigers drew a first-round matchup with #4 Stonewall. Union City had confidence
with pitcher Zane Robeaux on the mound. After a quick top half of the first, the Tigers had their turn to bat and made the best of it. Robeaux hit a 2 RBI double bringing home Ryan Reed and Landon Le. The game stayed the same until Stonewall tied the game at 2 in the 3rd. Landon Le broke the tie in the 4th inning with an RBI ground out. Union City kept a 3-2 lead into the 6th inning before Stonewall brought home a pair of runs in the top of the 6th inning, reclaiming the lead. In the bottom of the 6th Landon Le stepped up to the plate with 2 outs and a runner on 3rd. Le who stepped up to the plate looking to bring home the tying run, sent a fly ball to right center hoping it would drop. The ball seemed to hang up there forever before dropping over the wall for a 2 run homerun, giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead. Reed came into close out the 7th and send the Tigers to the Semi-Finals. After 2 quick outs, Reed struck out the third batter, giving the Tigers a 5-4 win.
#5 Union City vs #1 Tushka
The Tigers took on the defending fall champions, and number 1 ranked Tushka Tigers. Tushka over powered Union City at the plate and on the mound. Union City could never get the bats rolling failing to score a run. Tushka got hot at the plate scoring 10 runs in 5 innings, run ruling Union City.
Union City closed out their season and State Tournament run with a 31-4 record. Union City’s four loses came to Tushka, Binger-Oney, Allen, and Roff. All four teams made the State Tournament in their respective class. Binger-Oney went on to defeat Tushka in the State Finals.
Union City will say good-bye to 8 seniors (Blake Nelson, Cash Everett, Ryan Reed, Landon Le, Josh Michalicka, Taylor Fewell, Joey Lorenzen, and Steel Sanders).
The Tigers will begin their Summer baseball season later this month.