UNION — Consistant hitting from the top of the batting order helped Union County to a 7-6 win over Spartanburg on Wednesday.
Dustin West, who bats third in the line-up, turned in a perfect 3-3 performance while leadoff hitter Mark Jeter went 3-4 and Michael Todd Harris, the cleanup batter, was 2-4.
Spartanburg picked up two runs off three hits in the top of the first and Union County answered with two in the bottom of the inning. Jeter led off with a single to center field and West smacked aN RBI double to left. Harris RBI singled to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the second.
Union County kept Spartanburg off the board in the second inning and took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the inning. Jeter and Recus Hughes each contributed hits in the second.
After a scoreless third inning, Spartanburg crossed a run across in the top of the fourth but Union County matched the output in the bottom of the inning when West singled and scored off a throwing error.
Jeter RBI singled in the fifth to pad Union County’s lead at 6-4 but Spartanburg wouldn’t go quietly and used three walks and a hit in the top of the seventh to knot the game at 6-6.
Kennedy Beatty hit a two-out RBI single to left field in the bottom of the seventh to prevent extra innings and Union County claimed the 7-6 win.
Hitting: West 3-3, Jeter 3-4, Harris, 2-4. Hughes 1-3, Beatty 1-3.
Jimmy Johnson pitched five innings for Union County and gave up five hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Cameron Queen tossed an inning of relief and gave up one hit with four walks and two strikeouts before Quay Cooper picked up the win with one inning of shutout baseball.
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SPR 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 6 4
UC 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 7 10 5