As rain loomed overhead at the Timken Sports Complex on Thursday, the Union County softball team took the field and senior righthander Ashley Vaughan took control.
Vaghan hurled a no hitter to lead the Jackets to a 7-0 shutout win over York in the first round of AAA playoffs before the game was called after six innings due to rain and lightning.
Union County was offensively sound as well, touching up York’s pitchers for 11 hits.
Andrea Eison kicked things off with a double into left field and Logan Wade followed up with single down the third base line. Abby Allen cleared the bases with a three run homer to give Union County the early 3-0 lead.
Tanajiah Hunter led off the second inning with a shot into center field but was thrown out at third base. Eison reached on a walk but was left stranded after a ground out and a fly out.
Sturdy defense held York to three up, three down in the top of the third and the Jackets returned to offense.
Dexlie Inman started the inning with a single and Katie Melton laid down a bunt that put her on first and advanced Inman to second.
Hunter plated both runners with a hit into deep center field to extend the Jackets lead to 5-0.
York had no answers in the top of the fourth. Vaughan seated two batters on strikeouts and a flyout later, the Jackets were back at the plate where they used two hits for two runs.
York received a couple of chances in the fifth and sixth innings but Vaughan and the Union County defense was unrelenting and after a 45-minute weather delay, the decision was made to call the game. The Jackets move on to face Nations Ford on the road at 2 p.m. Saturday for round two while York hosts Greer from the losers bracket.
Wade led the Union County offensive attack, going 3-4 with a double. Inman was 2-2 and Hunter was 2-3 with two RBI and a stolen base.