UNION CITY — Oh, what a trip to the pitcher’s circle can accomplish.
In a key Region 2 softball showdown Wednesday with Cochranton, Union City led 2-0 in the third inning but the visitors had the bases loaded with no outs.
Head coach Jerry VanZandt took time-out and visited the circle to talk to pitcher Megan Kimmy and the infielders. Whatever he said was magic.
The next Cardinal batter hit into a 1-2-3 double play followed by a strikeout — and end of the rally.
Union City’s bats then came alive scoring six runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to win by the 10-run mercy rule, 11-1.
Against the wind, Kimmy homered in the first inning and Lori Beth Nunemaker belted a three-run HR over the right field fence in the decisive fourth.
Jamie Gawlinski wound up with three hits and three RBI, Megan Brown and Summer Blakeslee both with two hits. Brooke Reynolds, Gawlinski and Blakeslee scored twice.
Union City avenged an earlier 3-2 loss to the Lady Cards.
With the victory, UC ties Cochranton for second place in the region with 6-2 records, now a game behind Conneaut Valley.
“This was a huge win, we really needed this one,” reported assistant coach Frank Snyder. “The girls were prepared for this and absolutely crushed the ball.
“We are tied for second and we host Conneaut Valley next Tuesday,” he noted. “Valley and Cochranton still have to play twice., so we control our own destiny.”
The Lady Bears play at Cambridge Springs on Friday.
COCHRANTON (6-3, 6-2) - ab-r-h-rbi Proctor rf/p 2-1-1-0, Fowler 1b 1-0-0-0, Herzberger c 2-0-1-1, Jacobs p/rf 3-0-0-0, Mosier 3b 1-0-1-0, Dickson ss 2-0-0-0, McGuire 2b 2-0-0-0, Gledhill cf 2-0-1-0, Suder lf 2-0-1-0. Totals 17-1-5-1.
UNION CITY (7-2, 6-2) - Gawlinski cf 4-2-3-3, Nunemaker 1b 3-1-1-3, Kimmy p 3-1-1-2, Gilson ss 3-0-0-0, Brown c 3-0-2-0, Reynolds 2b 2-2-1-0, Kirik rf 3-1-0-0, Blakeslee dp 3-2-2-1, Brumagin 3b 2-2-1-1, Uber lf 0-0-0-0. Totals 26-11-11-10.
Cochranton 000 01 — 1 5 1
Union City 200 63 — 11 11 0
2b-Herzberger (C), Gawlinski (UC) 2, Brumagin (UC). HR-Kimmy (UC), Nunemaker (UC). IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO: C- Jacobs (LP) 3 1/3-7-8-8-2-3, Proctor 1 1/3-4-3-3-0-0. UC- Kimmy (WP) 5-5-1-1-5-4.
In baseball, Union City is now 4-4 in Region 2 after a 10-1 win over Cochranton, Colton Yost throwing a four-hitter with three strikeouts.
Yost also collected two hits at the plate, as did Ryan Myers, Buddy Arnold, Gavin Nirmaier, and Brett Smith.
Nirmaier, Smith and Myers each drove in two runs.
COCHRANTON (1-9, 1-8) - ab-r-h-rbi P. Peterson cf 3-0-0-0, Northcott 2b 2-0-0-0, Culbertson p 3-0-0-0, Boughner c 3-1-2-0, Dunlevy 1b 3-0-0-0, C.Peterson rf 0-0-0-0, Barr dh-p 3-0-1-0, Brenot 3b 3-0-1-1, Woodworth lf 2-0-0-0, Linton ss 2-0-0-0. Totals 25-1-4-1.
UNION CITY (4-5, 4-4) - Nirmaier 2b 3-2-2-2, Smith cf 3-0-2-2, Arnold ss 4-0-2-0, Kirik 1b 3-2-1-1, Myers rf 4-2-2-2, Menocher 3b 4-0-0-0, Yost p 3-1-2-1, Jones c 4-2-1-1, Hetrick lf 2-1-1-0. Totals 30-10-15-9.
Cochranton 010 000 0 — 1 4 5
Union City 003 322 x — 10 15 4
2b-Myers (UC). IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO: Co- Culbertson (LP) 4 2/3-11-8-7-3-1, Barr 1 1/3-4-2-2-0-0, UC- Yost (WP) 7-4-1-1-1-3.