UNION COUNTY — The USC Union Bantams won one then lost one and then came back to win another one against the NC A&T Aggies this past weekend.
The Bantams traveled to Greensboro, NC last Friday to face the Aggies Club Baseball Team in a three-game series that included a double-header on Saturday and the third game on Sunday.
In a statement released Tuesday, Bantams Coach Jap Worthy said the team prevailed in the first game of the double-header, beating the Aggies 18-5. Worthy said that Tedrell Jennings lead the Bantams at the plate going 3-4 while Christian Joplin picked up the win on the mound striking out eight batters. He said the Bantams got solid play on defense from third baseman Cameron Jennings and shortstop Dalton Johnson.
Worthy praised his players for their hard work and willingness to play as hard as they can in whatever position they must.
“I’m proud of my guys,” Worthy said. “We have eleven on the roster and the way they respond when things get tough is very impressive. I have players playing multiple positions and they really are playing with a lot of of heart. I tell them to play hard and make plays.”
The second game of the double-header did not go as well for the Bantams, but Worthy said they might have turned things around had it not been for the weather.
Worthy said the Bantams lost the second game 11-6, with the Aggies beginning their drive to victory by scoring 9 runs for a score of 9-0. The Bantams battled back, however, with six runs, cutting the Aggies lead to 9-6. The Aggies then came back and got two more runs for a score of 11-6. The back and forth nature of the game suggested the possibility of a see-saw battle going through to the final inning, but that was not to be.
“We were making a comeback and the weather got bad and the game was called because of lightning,” Worthy said. “The game was in the sixth inning so by the rules anything after the fifth complete inning the team that’s winning got the win.”
The series now stood at 1-1 setting the stage for a tiebreaker on Sunday which the Bantams proceeded to win.
Worthy said that in the third game the Bantams got their revenge for Saturday’s loss by beating the Aggies 11-5. He said that Kennedy Beatty and Christian Joplin lead the way at the plate with Beatty going 2 for 4 and Joplin 3 for 4. Worthy said that Joplin picked up the win again when he came in to relieve Gage Eaves who he said pitched super. He said he pitched four innings and gave up to earned runs.
“Gage and Christian pitched really, really well all weekend,” Worthy said. “I love the effort from both guys.”
Worthy said that hitters JT Cheek, Dalton Johnson, Cameron Jennings, and Paul Campbell also played well.
USC Union will be back home this weekend for a three-game series against High Point at the Timken Sports Complex. On Saturday the teams will face off in a double-header that will begin at 1 p.m. The third game, which will also start at 1 p.m., will be played on Sunday.
Worthy said this weekend’s games, which will be broadcast play by play on WBCU, will be especially important as High Point is the top team in the conference.
“We play the number one team in the conference this weekend and I know we have to play our best baseball,” Worthy said. “We are 5-3 on the season (and) 3-2 in the conference. It is a big weekend for us.”