Union City rallies past Eisenhower Thursday

Times Observer Photo by Steve Younger Eisenhower first base coach Matt Hair greets Cole Chapman after Chapman’s RBI single during Thursday’s Region 3 baseball game against Union City in Russell.

RUSSELL — Union City scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally past Eisenhower for a 6-4 Region 3 baseball victory Thursday.

The Knights (1-12, 1-12) cut down a Bears runner in the top of the first inning when Camron Jakubczak made a tag between second and third to end a scoring threat.

In the bottom of the second, Zach Jerman doubled and later scored on a balk. Cole Kellogg added the second run of the inning on a passed ball.

Union City tied the game, but in the fourth inning, Eisenhower retook the lead when Johnny Palmieri doubled and scored on a Cole Chapman single for a 3-2 lead.

Derek Childs later singled and scored on a Kellogg triple to make it 4-2, which remained the score until the seventh inning.

After the Bears scored four in the top of the seventh, Jermain singled, but the Knights could not get a run across in the bottom of the seventh.

“It was a tough loss to a well-coached team,” Eisenhower head coach Clint Corse said. “Hats off to Union City, but we didn’t give it away today. We made them earn it.”

Kellogg finished with two hits, a stolen base and an RBI for Eisenhower. Chapman threw a complete-game seven-hitter, allowing just one earned run.

“He’s been the centerpiece of this season’s pitching staff,” Corse said. “He’s seen the lion’s share of some tough opponents this year.”

Union City improved to 6-7 overall and in the region.


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