UCHS falls to Lancaster 4-2

By: By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School baseball team lost its season opener to Lancaster on Tuesday.

Union County fell in a final score of 4-2 in a game Coach Paul Wilkes called “a heart breaker.”

The Yellow Jackets took a 2-0 lead which they held until the seventh inning. In the bottom of the seventh inning with no one on base, Union County had an error which led to a walk, a base hit and a grand slam by Lancaster.

For Union County, Ethan Bailey had a single and a walk; Jordan Jeter had a single and a double; AJ Hunter had a single; Debo Woods had a single and a stolen base; JD Cheek had a double and two stolen bases; Kannon Small had a single; and Ricky Cardozo had a single.

Wilkes said his team missed opportunities at the plate, leaving eight runners on base.

“We have to be better at hitting with runners in scoring position,” Wilkes said. “I know that; the players know that; we have worked on it; and we will continue to. We will improve.”

Cheek pitched six and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball.

“He pitched a great game,” Wilkes said. “I never thought the game would have ended the way it did. It was like a movie — heroic for them, and as Debo Woods said, ‘tragic for us.’”

Wilkes said his team looks forward to redemption. They faced Broome on the road last night (Friday, March 11). Look for those results on www.uniondailytimes.com. The team’s schedule for the remainder of the season is as follows:

2016 UCHS Baseball Schedule

March 15 — vs. South Pointe — home — 7:30 p.m.

March 17 — vs. Cardinal Newman — home — 7 p.m.

March 18 — vs. Clinton — home — 7:30 p.m.

March 21 — vs. Lewisville — home — 7 p.m.

March 22 — at Chester — away — 7:30 p.m.

March 25 — vs. Lancaster — home — 7 p.m.

March 29 — at Andrew Jackson (Kershaw) — away — 6 p.m.

Apr. 1 — at Cardinal Newman (Columbia) — away — 7 p.m.

Apr. 6 — at Westside (Anderson) — away — 6 p.m.

Apr. 12 — vs. Broome — home — 7:30 p.m.

Apr. 15 — at South Pointe (Rock Hill) — away — 7:30 p.m.

Apr. 16 — at Camden Military — away — 1 p.m.

Apr. 19 — at Clinton — away — 7:30 p.m.

Apr. 21 — at Lewisville — away — 7 p.m.

Apr. 22 — vs. Chester — home — 7:30 p.m.

Team faces South Pointe March 15

By Derik Vanderford


Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.