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Tigers down Blue Wave 14-6

Union County improves to 16-1 on the season
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 12:08 AM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The Union County Tigers nearly blew a four run lead to the P.K. Yonge Blue Wave, but dialed up the offense to pull away and win 14-6 Tuesday night.

The Tigers got on the board early with a pair of runs before Jay Cohen plated two runs with a single to right field to make it 4-0.

After finally getting out of the inning, the Blue Wave struck back with couple runs, thanks to a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. But it was the wild sequence that unfolded a few batters later that helped tie the game.

Thomas Shay swung and missed at a high fastball for strike three, but the Tigers catcher let it bounce off his glove and roll all the way to the backstop. Upon seeing the ball get away, Aiden Mansfield hustled from third base to score, but in the attempt to throw Shay out at first, the ball got away and Drew Dawson came home from second to tie the game.

With the game even, Union County kept their composure and responded with a 3-run 4th inning to take the lead for good. Tyler Shatto roped a hard shot into center field that got all the way to the wall and allowed Eli Rimes and Jaret Lee to score to make it 7-4.

The Tigers went on to score seven more runs over the course of the game, and would defeat the Blue Wave 14-6.

Copyright 2021 WCJB. All rights reserved. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.-IN A CROSS CLASS BATTLE, 3A P.K. YONGE ON THE ROAD AGAINST 1A UNION COUNTY. -BOTTOM 2ND, TIGERS ON THE ATTACK, ALREADY UP 2-0 WHEN JAY COHEN LACES THIS PITCH INTO RIGHT FIELD. THAT BRINGS HOME TRIPP DAVIS AND JAKE O’STEEN TO INCREASE THE LEAD TO 4-0. -BUT THE BLUE WAVE GATHERED THEMSELVES AND FOUGHT BACK AS THINGS GET CRAZY IN THE 3RD. -AFTER SCORING 2 RUNS, THOMAS SHAY SWINGS AND MISSES ON STRIKE THREE BUT THE BALL GETS AWAY, AIDEN MANSFIELD WILL SCORE FROM THIRD AND I’M LOCKED ON HIM THINKING HE’S THE ONLY ONE TO WATCH. MEANWHILE, THE THROW DOWN TO FIRST TO GET SHAY OUT GETS AWAY AND DREW DAWSON ALSO SCORES! WE’RE ALL TIED UP 4-4! -BUT THE TIGERS RESPONDED THE VERY NEXT INNING. THE NUMBER 9 HITTER TYLER SHATTO RIPS THIS PITCH INTO CENTER AND IT GOES FOR EXTRA BASES TO PLATE ELI RIMES AND JARET LEE.