Track: Underwood takes first in 3200M with PR time of 10:49
Page 2C 2C THE THE NORTH GEORGIA NEWS March 29, 2017 Page NORTH GEORGIA NEWS March 29, 2017 Sports See the Sports Section at nganews.com Track: Underwood takes ﬁrst in 3200M with PR time of 10:49 By Todd Forrest North Georgia News [email protected] Murphy, NC - Junior Lance Underwood took home gold in the 3200-meter race with a personal record time of 10 minutes and 49 seconds at last week’s Muphy Invitational. Union County was the lone Georgia representative at the event while Swain County, Hayesville, Andrews, Rosman, and host Murphy all represented the Tarheel State. In the 1600M event, Underwood placed third with a time of 4:59 - another personal best. He also made waves by becoming the ﬁrst Union County athlete (since track was reinstated at UCHS in 2014) to record a subﬁve minute mile. On the girls side, freshman Zoe Sanchez nearly duplicated Underwood’s 1st and 3rd performance with a third place ﬁnish in the 1600M but came up just short in the 3200M and took second. Other second place ﬁnishers included the guys 4x200 relay team of Chad Buzzard, Chayton Schafer, Sloan Sutton and Jared Herum. The guys 4x400 relay team Union Co. junior Lance Underwood pulls away from the pack at Murphy, NC. Photo courtesy of Jenni Dixon of Bryan Nelson, Herum, Kyle Morlock and Adrian Shaw also ﬁnished as the runner up. Aladriel Arnold placed third in the 400M race. The guys 4x400 relay Bteam of Cole Payne, Timothy Murphy, Will Harkins and Un- derwood posted a solid third place performance. Cole Wright placed third in the 100M along with ﬁfth place finishes in the long jump and triple jump. Adrian Shaw picked up the bronze in the 400M and Chayton Schafter took fourth in the 100M race. The 4x100 relay team of Dockery, Herum, Wright, and Kanon Hemphill came in fourth. The girls 4x100 relay team of Arnold, Destiny OrellanaIrvin, Keeley Mobley and Jordan Sophomore Aladriel Arnold in the relay race. Photo courtesy of Jenni Dixon Stubbleﬁeldcame in ﬁfth. Payne was ﬁfth in the 800M event while Dockery placed ﬁfth in the 5th place in both the 110 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles. Latty Ryals ﬁnished ﬁfth in the 1600M while Hemphill took sixth in the 200M. Jessie Holbrook was ﬁfth in the 3200M with a personal best time. The girls 4x400 relay team of Ryals, Arnold, Evelyn McBride and Orellana-Irvin took home fourth. Baseball: Dawson sweeps as Panthers fall for seventh time in last eight games By Todd Forrest North Georgia News [email protected] After opening the season with four wins, Union County dropped to 5-7 overall and 1-5 in region play following Dawson County’s sweep of the Panthers in a three-game, Region 7-AAA series that was punctuated with a 17-1 shellacking in game three to wrap up a Friday doubleheader in Blairsville. Once again, weather delayed the series, forcing Union County to host a twin bill on Friday after dropping Wednesday’s road game. In Dawsonville, the Panthers fell behind 2-0 but rallied for leads of 3-2 in the fourth and 5-3 midway through the ﬁfth before the Tigers (11-6, 6-3) scored three in the ﬁfth and ﬁve in the sixth for an 11-6 victory. In game two, the Panthers were unable to ﬁnd an answer for Dawson County ace Connor Bearden, who tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout with four strikeouts and two walks in a 3-0 win for the Tigers. Union’s RJ Banton nearly matched Bearden pitch-forpitch but four Panther errors and three walks chased Banton from the game after allowing one earned run and three hits over ﬁve innings. Ean Harkins pitched two scoreless innings in relief to keep his team in the game but the lineup was unable to generate any offense. Dawson jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the ﬁrst when a leadoff error, a one-out hit-by-pitch and a pair of twoout base hits put the home team in an early hole it wouldn’t recover from. A two-out double by Candler Colwell in the bottom half of the inning went to waste and in the second, the Tigers manufactured another run on a walk, stolen base, and a ﬁelders choice for a 3-0 advantage. A leadoff single by Banton in the bottom half of the inning was followed by a 1-6-3 double play to end the threat. Union missed another scoring opportunity in the fourth after Banton retired the Tigers in order and Candler Colwell singled to right with one down in the Panthers’ half of the inning. Crawford Colwell reached on an error to bring the tying run to the plate with one out but Union went down quietly with a ﬂy out and ground out to remain three-down after four. In the ﬁfth, Candler Colwell provided one of the few Panther highlights on the day, and it wasn’t due to him being responsible for two of the team’s three hits. Instead, the junior centerﬁelder, running at full-speed into the right-centerﬁeld gap, made an over-theshoulder, warning-track catch to rob Bearden of an extra-base hit and an RBI. The “Web Gem” came with a runner on ﬁrst, who just happened to be running on the pitch. As Candler Colwell Junior Candler Colwell lines an opposite ﬁeld single to right vs Dawson County last week. Photo/Todd Forrest made the catch with the runner rounding second, he turned and hit the cut-off man Logan Dyer, who ﬁred to Coleson Daniel at ﬁrst for the 8-4-3 double play. However, a double play ended Union’s hopes after Del Ruff led off the bottom half of the inning with a base-onballs. Harkins worked around a two-out error in the sixth by inducing a ﬂy out with a runner on third. In the Panthers’ half of the sixth, a one-out walk by Dyer would be the last Union baserunner of the game. In the 11-6 loss on Wednesday, the visiting Panthers were victimized by 10 strikeouts to only ﬁve for Dawson County despite the two teams being nearly even in every other offensive category. Ruff drove in a careerhigh four runs with a pair of singles during a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Patrick Baggett ﬁnished 1-for-5 with a run and a double – Union’s only extrabase hit. Crawford Colwell went 2-for-4 with a run while Candler Colwell was 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a run. Davis got the start on the mound and lasted four innings while allowing four runs on ﬁve hits. The junior lefty yielded a run in the ﬁrst and second but was in position to record the win when the offense gifted him three runs in the fourth on a bases loaded single by Ruff. A two-out passed ball in the bottom of the fourth tied things up at 3-3 but a leadoff double by Baggett in the ﬁfth followed by a Candler Colwell RBI single put Union back on top. Crawford Colwell kept the rally going with a base hit and Ruff delivered once again with a single to right to give the Panthers a 5-3 advantage. Davis pitched to one batter in the bottom half of the inning – a five pitch walk – before giving way to freshman Pierson Allison, who was unable to catch a break as Dawson regained the lead. A bunt, two bloops, and an inﬁeld single off of Allison put the Tigers back in front for good with a 6-5 lead. Union loaded the bases in the sixth with three walks but were unable to answer Dawson County, who now had momentum on its side and exploded for ﬁve runs to put the Panthers away with an 11-5 advantage after six. A leadoff single by Groves resulted in a run after Baggett reached on an error with two-down in the seventh. In the series ﬁnale, Dawson scored 17 unanswered – including six in the fourth – before Union was able to cross home plate. Their lone run came in the bottom of the fourth when Carter Wright knocked in Logan Dyer but it wasn’t enough to prevent the game from being called due to a 16-run Tiger lead. Allison, Cayden Rich, Jackson Colwell, Daniel, and Josh Nachtrieb all combined to work four innings for the Panthers with Allison taking the loss after surrendering four runs in the ﬁrst. Up next is a three game series with 4th ranked North Hall, who remains unbeaten in region play with a 6-0 record. The Panthers host Wednesday’s game two while visiting the Trojans on Monday and Friday. Each game is scheduled for a 5:55 p.m. ﬁrst pitch. On Tuesday, Union will visit Rabun County at 5:30 p.m.
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