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(Watch our video above where Litter Media’s Mike Smith spoke with Unioto Coach Tony Taylor after their co-championship)
The Unioto Shermans earned a share of the 2021 SVC Baseball Championship Tuesday with an 8-3 win at Huntington. The victory enables the Shermans to share the crown with Westfall, who had already clinched a share the week before.
The win also avenged an earlier season loss Unioto suffered at the hands of the Huntsmen on the Shermans’ home diamond.
The Tuesday game picked up in the top of the second inning with Unioto leading 1-0, where the game had been suspended last week due to rain.
The score stayed that way until Unioto broke loose for five runs in the top of the third inning for a 6-0 lead, then added another run in the fourth for a 7-0 advantage.
Huntington got on the scoreboard with a 2-run bottom of the fourth inning to cut the margin to 7-2, only to see the Shermans add an insurance run in the sixth inning for an 8-2 lead.
Huntington pushed across one last run in the bottom of the seventh, before Unioto pitcher Cameron DeBord ended the game by striking out the final Huntsmen at the plate for an 8-3 win.
DeBord was the winning pitcher, working all 7 innings, yielding 6 hits and fanning 9 Huntsmen batters.
The Shermans showed balance in their hitting order, with Braxton Platt being their only multi-hit offensive player with 3 hits in 4 at-bats, driving in 3 runs.
As a team, Unioto had 9 hits in the game and took advantage of 6 Huntington fielding errors in the contest.
The co-championship is Unioto’s 22nd SVC title in baseball.
Unioto improves to an SVC ending (12-2) record to share the title and improved their overall record to (20-4). The Shermans will play a non-conference game with #1 state ranked Miami Trace later this week, which could be a preview of a possible Division 2 District Final showdown between the two teams. Unioto is a #5 seed going into the tournament next week.