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A possible division title was on the line Tuesday night as West Union and Myrtle battled to take the lead in Division 2-1A.
Entering the game, the Lady Hawks knew they needed to win by more than one run over the Lady Eagles. That and a win over Blue Mountain on Thursday would give Myrtle the division title.
Myrtle commanded the game, scoring first in the second inning, as Kaylee Farr led off with a double and an error placed Farr and Laken Butler in scoring position.
Keely Chunn brought in the first run, and the Lady Hawks extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-out double by Aspriona Gilbert in the third.
“When we hit it over the left fielder’s head with runners in scoring position, that was big and it extended our lead,” Myrtle head coach Robert Gordon said. “We knew we had to beat them by two, and they’re a good team.”
West Union scored their lone run in the fifth, as Myrtle committed two errors to start the frame. A fielder’s choice scored Gina Beth Conlee, and they only other opportunity the Lady Eagles had to score was in the sixth. Leah Paige Goolsby made it to second on an error and advanced to third on a flyout. The Lady Hawks’ defense tightened to keep Goolsby from scoring.
“I told them that we don’t need to play anymore people at the plate than we need to,” Gordon said.
“They had some big bats coming up, and I felt that they would cut it to one, and we would be right back where we started. I wanted to make sure we had that two run lead, and that’s what we talked about.”
Kiana Judon, Gilbert and Farr each had two hits for Myrtle, and Butler hit a two RBI double in the sixth to secure the victory.
Myrtle will play Blue Mountain to wrap up division play, while West Union must win against Coldwater on Thursday to secure the second seed out of the division.