Jaley White makes the dirt fly as she slides safely into home on Tuesday. White had two singles in the game. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ELLISTOWN – Tianna Castillo and Rebecca Sheffield pounded out five hits apiece in two games, to lead the East Union Lady Urchins to a first round sweep of Hollandale Simmons on Tuesday.
Sheffield finished the day with a home run, three doubles and a single, driving in 10 runs and scoring seven runs. Castillo had four doubles and a single, seven RBIs and five runs scored.
“You just hope that you can get hot here right now and if you can get hot right now, you’ve got a chance (in playoffs),” East Union coach Josh Blythe said. “The field conditions weren’t great and we were fortunate to get it (series) in. The second game was much cleaner than the first game (for East Union).”
East Union totaled 14 hits in the opening game to win 14-4 in five innings. Callie Frazier had the big blast in the game with her two run homer in the fourth inning.
East Union scored two runs in the first inning, but Hollandale Simmons tied it in the top of the second at 2-2.
East Union scored four runs in the bottom of the second as Kaitie Boatner hit a RBI double and later scored on Sheffield’s two RBI double. Castillo drove in Sheffield to put East Union out to a 6-2 lead.
East Union held a narrow 7-4 lead going into the bottom of the fourth but exploded with seven runs to stretch the lead to 14-4 to take the win.
Claudia Hill, Jaley White and Hannah White joined Sheffield and Castillo in the multiple hits department.
Hannah White and Sheffield had two doubles while Boatner and Sheffield had a double apiece.
Game two saw East Union jump out to a 10-0 lead after one and cruise to a 21-5 win.
Sheffield hit a two run homer to give the Lady Urchins the early 2-0 lead. Claudia Hill blasted a two run home run of her own in the first to extend the East Union lead.
East Union scored 11 runs in the third to seal the win in three innings.
Sheffield, Castillo and Frazier had three hits to lead the Lady Urchins while Hill and Raelee Bell had two hits.
Extra base hits were the homers by Sheffield and Hill, with Castillo (2), Sheffield, Frazier, Bell and Kallie Roberts all collecting doubles.
Sallie Pannell was the winning pitcher in both games. East Union will travel to Mantachie on Saturday to play in the second round of the 2A playoffs.
“We’ve got Mantachie now and I look for that to be a challenge for us,” Blythe said. “We going to go over there and give it our best shot.”