The Union Spartans got back into some conference baseball action after spring break when they welcomed the East Bladen Eagles onto the diamond. After a slow start, the Eagles were able to rally and finish the game out early, shutting out the Spartans 10-0 in 6 innings.
The first, second, and third innings saw little action from the offensive sides of the plate. Both teams played good defense in the field, allowing no runs and had a hard time keeping runners on the base-path.
This finally changed in the fourth inning, when East Bladen heated up their bats and were able to hit a few line drives to secure a 4-run inning for the Eagles. Then the Eagles were able to hold the Spartans, who came close to scoring a run before the Eagles claimed the third out.
In the fifth inning, East Bladen was able to slightly widen the gap for lead the lead with the addition of one run. Again, when the Spartans took the plate to bat they gained most of their outs while trying to round the bases.
East Bladen hit it big in the sixth inning doubling their score to 10. Eagle after Eagle hit shots in the gaps where Spartans were unable to field.
The Spartans needed to score to continue into the seventh inning, but the Eagles proved to be strong and held Union off one more time as they took to bat.
Matthew Balance pitched for the Spartans till the fourth inning. Balance then retired the mound to Ty Travers during the top of the fourth for the remainder of the game.
Union head coach, Joshua Rackley was not happy with his team’s performance tonight and could tell they just weren’t into the game.
“We have to play better than that,” he said. “We have to be more locked in to the game and focus more. East Bladen played well and they are a good team, but we can do better than what I saw in this game.”
Hopefully for the Spartans, they will make bigger plays and smarter plays when they travel over into Patriot territory Friday, April 8. The game is set for a 7 p.m. start at Pender High School.
Reach Anna Moore at email@example.com. Adam Capps contributed to this article.