By Anthony Rhoads
In the last two years, one of Union Grove's goals was to beat Blessed Trinity, a team that won the Region 5-AA title last year and is first in the league standings this year.
Friday at home, the Union Grove Wolverines accomplished their goal as they beat Blessed Trinity 11-9. Blessed Trinity remains in first place in the region with a 10-1 league record but Union Grove solidified their second-place spot as the team improved to 11-8 overall and 9-3 in the region.
"That was a big one," Union Grove head coach Vic Gongola said. "They came in relaxed and the pressure was not on us. That was a big win for us; I've been wanting to beat those guys for two years now. We can play with anybody if we come out and play."
Union Grove led 9-6 in the fifth inning but Blessed Trinity scored three runs to tie the game at 9-9.
With two outs and two runners on base, senior Brett Davis came and recorded a strikeout to end the inning.
Davis earned the victory, working the final 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four batters and allowed just one hit.
"One of his goals in his senior year was to beat Blessed Trinity and he achieved it," Gongola said.
Even though Davis was effective in the outing, he wasn't 100 percent physically. He's recovering from some back problems and has had some ligament problems in his non-throwing hand.
"We're hurting right now," Gongola said. "We've got some key guys out with injuries. We've got some guys banged up and to get this win was great."
In addition to Davis, other guys who are nursing injuries are Josh Moss with back problems and Scott Mayo with knee problems.
On top of the injuries, Cole Williams, one of Union Grove's best pitchers, had to sit out Friday's game and will have to miss one more game after getting an ejected from a game Wednesday.
In Friday's contest, Blessed Trinity jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Drew O'Neill hit a three-run home run.
Union Grove scored one in the second inning when Travis Sansbury recorded a sacrifice fly to score Floyd Henderson.
Blessed Trinity scored two in the top of the third to take a 5-1 lead but Union Grove batted around in the bottom of the inning and tie the game at 5-5.
Blessed Trinity came back to score a run in the fourth to lead 6-5. Union Grove again batted around and scored four in the bottom of the fourth to take a 9-6 lead.
Justin Timbs paced Union Grove by going 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI. In the fifth, he recorded a one-run triple.
Michael Wear went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Henderson went 2-for-3, with two runs and an RBI.
Zach Blakeney entered the game with a .611 batting average and he went 1-for-3 with a two runs and a walk.
Lead-off hitter Greg Davis didn't get any hits but he walked twice and scored two runs.
On defense, sophomore second baseman Clint Harrison helped out on three double plays and recorded five assists and one putout.
"Is he something or what?" Gongola said. "He's smooth. You can't get much better than him. He's a great ball player."