Union Post 22 saw its quest for a state championship come to an abrupt halt with back-to-back losses in the tournament this weekend. Union was forced into the loser’s bracket after dropping the opening round to Florence, 8-2 on Saturday night and was eliminated by Lancaster on Sunday, 5-1.
Florence made solid contact against Union’s pitching staff early in Saturday’s contest and took a 1-0 lead in the first.
Devontae “Fox” Glenn singled in the bottom of the inning and Bubba Means followed up with a hit to right field on two outs but a flyout left the two stranded in scoring position.
The Florence bats were still hot in the second and three hits resulted in two runs for a 3-0 lead.
Union scratched a run across in the third inning when Jake Walton sacrificed to score Juwuan Rice to cut the lead to 3-1 and threatened again in the fourth. Jake Arthur got things started with a hit up the middle and Nathan Williford was issued a walk. Dylan Rogers laid down a nice bunt that was fielded by the Florence pitcher near the first base line to advance the runners.
The official call that Rogers was out brought an uproar from the Union dugout and fans who saw the missed tag. The ruling, which could’ve been a game changer, remained and a fly out ended the inning with two left on for the second time.
Florence added a run in the sixth, piled on three in the seventh and one in the eighth to pad the lead at 8-1.
Adam Lawson lined an RBI double down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth for Union’s final run.
On Sunday, Post 22 met up with Lancaster in an elimination contest and suffered a 5-1 loss.