UNION COUNTY — The games were all tight but the USC Union Bantams were edged out by the Lander Bearcats in a three-game series this past weekend.
In a statement released Monday, Bantams Coach Jap Worthy said that things got off to a good start for the Bantams with a victory over the Bearcats in the first game of a double-header Saturday 7-5. Worthy said that Bantam Dalton Johnson was 2 for 2 while Bantams Kennedy Beaty, Paul Campbell, Gage Eaves, and Adam Adamo each contributed hits. He said that Eaves was the winning pitcher while Bantam Andrew Caskey picked up the save.
The second game, however, did not turn out so well for the Bantams who Worthy said lost 6-4 to the Bearcats. Worthy said Caskey was 2 for 4 with a home run on a 400 foot blast. He said that Beatty, Campbell and fellow Bantams Tedrell Jennings and Cameron Jennings also each had a hit.
The third and final game of the series was held Sunday and, while closer than either of Saturday’s games, ended with the Bearcats beating the Bantams 2-1.
Worthy said Johnson was 2 for 3 with a double while Caskey had a double and Beatty and Bantam Christian Joplin each contributed hits.
As for why the team lost the third and final game of the series, Worthy said “we just didn’t get the timely hit (and) left too many runners on base.”
Despite the loss, Worthy said he was still proud of his players and their performance.
“We played with heart and competed,” Worthy said. “I’m proud of my young men.”
Going into this past weekend’s series, Worthy said the outcome would determine whether the Bantams would continue past the regular season into the playoffs. On Monday, however, he said the Bantams could still get into the playoffs, but that, ironincally, this depends on how well Lander does in an upcoming series against High Point.
“They are tied for first and we are in second,” Worthy said. “We need Lander to sweep High Point in the series to get a chance at the playoffs.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.