UNION COUNTY — The number one team in the Division II Central IV Conference got beat this weekend by the USC Union Bantams.
In a statement released Monday, Coach Jap Worthy said the Bantams went up against the High Point Panthers in a three-game series this past weekend at the Timken Sport Complex. The first two games were played as a double-header on Saturday while the third was played on Sunday. Worthy said that the double-header saw the Bantams gain a narrow win in the first game while losing decisively in the second. He said the team then came back Sunday for another narrow win against the Panthers.
Worthy said that going into this past weekend’s series, the Panthers were not only the number one team in the conference, they are also undefeated in conference competition.
“We beat the number one team in the conference,” Worthy said. “We handed them their first two losses of the conference.”
In the first game of Saturday’s double-header, Worthy said that the Bantams won 4-3 with Bantam Christian Joplin the winning pitcher while Bantam Kennedy Beatty was 2 for 3. He said Bantam Cameron Jennings had a big double while Bantam Dalton Johnson also had a hit for the team.
The second game of the double-header was anything but close with the Bantams falling to the Panthers 15-3.
“High Point hit the ball well and we made mistakes defensively,” Worthy said. “They are the best hitting team we faced all season.”
The third game on Sunday saw the Bantams make a comeback with a narrow 3-2 win over the Panthers.
Worthy said Bantam Gage Eaves was the winning pitcher going 5 1/3 with Bantam Andrew Caskey picking up the save. He said that Bantam Kennedy Beatty lead all hitters at the plate going 3 for 3 with a big RBI single in the fifth inning to score Bantam Paul Campbell. In addition, Bantam Dalton Johnson also had a big double.
“That was a huge win for us,” Worthy said of the third game. “We settled down and played great. I’m so proud of my guys for knocking off the number one team in our conference.”
With this past weekend’s series, the Bantams are now 7-4 overall and 5-4 in conference play.
Bantams Vs. Bearcats
Next up for the Bantams is a three-game series against the Lander Bearcats who Worthy said are now the leading team in the conference. He added that the Panthers will also be playing the Bearcats in the near future as well.
“Lander leads the conference, but we (the Bantams and the Panthers) both have to face Lander in the next couple of weeks,” Worthy said. “The race is tight and we have to continue to work hard and get better.”
The Bantams will face the Bearcats at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8 with a double-header with a third game of the three-game away series being played at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 9.