The Union Spartans hosted a familiar foe in conference matches for soccer, softball and baseball Tuesday night. Going against the Hobbton Wildcats, Hobbton won all three games against their county rivals 4-0, 20-0 and 6-1.
Hobbton blanked Union 4-0 in a match where both teams were looking for their first win, the Wildcats ultimately able to put one in the win column.
By the first 20 minutes, the score stood at 1-0 with Lakewood lagging by a single point. With only 10 minutes remaining in the period, the Wildcats scored another goal growing their lead 2-0, putting Hobbton further ahead. While both teams kept fighting to the last seconds of the first period, halftime was called before Union could close the gap.
The Wildcats would extend their lead to 4-0, maintaining the clean sheet against the Spartans.
The Spartans will be facing Heide Trask on April 4. Union is still without a win on the season. They currently sit at 0-5 on the year. As for the Lady Wildcats, they improve to 1-6-1 and will face North Duplin at home on Thursday.
Hobbton routed the Spartans in softball, winning 20-0.
Things were not looking promising for the Spartans early on. At the end of the second inning, Union was already behind 12-0, the Wildcats opening a big lead early. The rules state that a game can be called by the end of the fifth inning if a team had a 10-run lead over their opponent, even earlier if the lead is larger. The game was called after three innings when the lead hit 20 runs.
“We only had nine players tonight,” said Union softball head coach Megan Pierce. “So we had girls playing in positions they weren’t familiar with. The girls learned a lot tonight though, so I hope this will carry into next game.”
Over in baseball, Union was in a similar boat but to a much smaller extreme with their score sitting at 4-0 in the fourth. It would not be till the sixth that the Spartans would score their first run bringing the score to 6-1 with a home run hit by Tyler Murphy.
The Union baseball and softball teams will play against Heide Trask on April 4.
The losses bring softball to 0-7 and baseball to 3-5 on the season. Meanwhile, Hobbton softball improves to 7-2 and baseball to 4-5. They both face the Rebels of North Duplin at home Thursday.
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