The Union Senior Legion team recorded three straight road wins over Spartanburg, Gaffney and Greer before returning to its home field on Friday and suffering an 8-3 loss to Inman.
With four games left in region play, Post 22 is still positioned in first place with a record that matches Friday night’s score, (8-3).
However, with number two Inman also campaigning for a bid to State, complacency is not an option for Union who will look to avenge the loss on Wednesday when Inman comes back to town for another duel.
Inman pounced quickly on Friday night, with two runs in the top of the first inning before Union matched them with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Devontae “Fox” Glenn singled to get Union started and found himself on third after Jake Walton singled to center field. A balk from the mound resulted in Glenn taking home plate and Walton scored on a single from Adam Lawson.
However, Inman broke away with two more runs in the second and one in the fifth for a 5-2 lead.
Glenn came through once again with a one-out single and advanced to second off Walton’s sacrifice. Josh Simpson drilled a double to deep center field, scoring Glenn before a ground out ended the inning, 5-3.
Both teams went three up, three down in the sixth and Simpson, a left-handed hurler, returned to the hill in the seventh despite a nagging groin injury. However, a hit batsman, a fielder’s choice and a two RBI doubles later, Simpson took himself out of the game and Seth Osborne entered the game in relief of Simpson.
Osborne worked to get Union out of the jam and ended the inning with a strikeout.
Recus Hughes hit a rope to right field and Glenn followed with his third hit of the game. Walton smacked a hot shot that the first baseman couldn’t handle and Hughes was sent home where he was gunned down for the second out.
With two runners on, a fly out put Union back in the field, down 8-3, where they held off Inman with three impressive defensive plays.
Post 22 threatened in their portion of the inning with hits courtesy of Osborne and Bubba Means. However, Inman used some heads up defense of their own to get out of the inning unscathed and a fairly uneventful ninth brought the contest to a close.
Glenn had an impressive showing for Union on both sides of the ball and finished the night 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored.
Simpson was 1-2 with a walk and a double.