UNION — Peyton Martin and Hannah Sailors combined for seven innings of shutout softball on Thursday night in a pitchers duel versus Gaffney to help Union County to a 1-0 win.
“The pitching was solid,” said Union County Head Coach Danny Gault after the game. “We’re turning into pitchers, we’re not just throwers.”
Martin and Sailors, both ninth graders, are being called on to fill the void that Union County was left with when it lost pitching duo Tiffany and Ashley Vaughan to graduation.
Martin, who got the start on Thursday, gave up just one hit in four innings before being relieved by Sailors in the fifth.
Gaffney didn’t receive another base-runner in the scrimmage and a couple of Union County hits in the sixth inning made the difference.
Shatadra Hall reached first off an infield single and Connor Wicker drove her in with a two-out double to left field.
Gaffney picked up the final out at the plate leaving Wicker stranded on second but Union County’s defense remained stout in the seventh and Sailors rung up the last batter for the 1-0 Union County win.
“Their pitcher was more than what we expected,” said Gault. “The girls were talking about her having a different spin on the ball than they’re used to, something that threw them off. Out of 18 outs, nine of ours were fly balls so we were popping it up, but we played good defense and that’s a good thing.”
Union County didn’t commit an error in the game.
Martin and Sailors helped themselves at the plate with a hit apiece. Hall and Wicker each had one hit.
The Lady Jackets will travel to Landrum on Monday for a scrimmage before returning home for a pre-season tournament on Wednesday at the Timken Sports Complex.
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