In an unseasonably hot Memorial Day showdown for the crown, the Indians came ready to make a statement in the first inning..scoring two runs in their first at bat. Defensively, UC were fired up after shutting down the Rebels in the bottom of the first to hold on to a 2-0 lead.
Randolph Southern took advantage of some UC mistakes to steal a 3-2 lead going into the fourth inning. Union City answered back with a pair of two-run innings in the fifth and sixth to hold a 6-3 advantage and just three outs away from victory.
The Rebels were not going down without a fight…evening up the contest at 6-6 and sending the game into extra-innings.
“They were able to take advantage of a few of our mistakes and keep it close until the end,” said UC head coach Bill Bradbury. “They never gave up.”
Union City was able to regain the lead in the top of the eighth and claim the championship by a final score of 8-6. The win marked the first since 2012 and only Union City’s second sectional baseball title in school history.
“In the past we tended to kinda give up when things looked bad, but not anymore,” the coach noted. “So proud of how we handled ourselves after some mistakes and were able to regain our composure and win. Now its time to see just how far we can go!”
UC senior Zach Bradbury recorded his 101st career hit in Monday’s sectional championship win.
UC recorded 14 hits in the win, led by senior Zach Bradbury, who recorded his 101st career hit in the 8th inning. Senior Gabe Loesch started on the hill for the Indians, but was relieved in the seventh inning by sophomore Nick Wells to seal the victory.
“Zach is definitely a leader on the team and is able to get things done both at the plate and in the field for us,” Coach Bradbury said. “As a father, I am extremely proud of all he has accomplished in the last four years!”
“I need to thank God, my coaches and my teammates,” Zach told The Early Bird in a post-game interview. “It is all about hard work and listening to your coaches.”
The Indians will travel to Flora, Ind. to open regional play this Saturday morning against Covington, Ind. – who are coming off a 14-0 sectional win. Game time has been changed to 10:00 to allow the UC Seniors to travel back to Union City for their Graduation. Championship game will be played at 7:30 PM Saturday night.