Wolverines win and advance in playoffs

By Anthony Rhoads

The Union Grove Wolverines are going to the second round of the Class AA state baseball tournament.

The Wolverines advanced to round 2 after beating Buford 15-0 in game 3 Monday at Eagle's Landing High School. The contest was called in the sixth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule. Union Grove won game 1 Saturday 4-1 but Buford forced a third game after winning 8-7 in 10 innings in game 2.

Union Grove travels to Adairsville for a best-of-three series beginning Wednesday. Game 1 is tentatively set for 1 p.m.

"I told them ?this is you game to win or lose,'" Union Grove head coach Vic Gongola said. "Our bats came alive; we played together. With this team, it's not just one player; it's a team effort. Team chemistry?that's what it's all about."

Starting pitcher Colt Lynn turned in a complete game, striking out three while allowing just three hits and one walk. He also helped his own cause by going 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.

"We knew we what we had to do," Lynn said. "We wanted it and came out to play. It's a great feeling."

Union Grove led 1-0 after the first inning and 3-0 after the third. The Wolverines added one in the fourth and four in the fifth to take an 8-0 lead.

Union Grove batted around in the sixth and put up seven runs to seal the victory. The inning was highlighted by a three-run double by Clint Neville. Neville went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and one run scored.

Four other Union Grove players had multiple hits including Zack Blakeney (2-for-4, two runs, one walk), Greg Brooks (2-for-4, one run, one RBI), Josh Moss (2-for-2, two runs, one RBI and one walk) and Scott Mayo (2-for-3, three runs, one RBI and one walk).

Union Grove racked up 13 hits in the victory.

Gongola expects a tough series in round 2 against Adairsville.

but he's confident his team can do well against the Tigers.