Tuesday marked Opening Day for Coach Sean Inman and his 2014 version of the West Union Dragons baseball squad and the opener was a road trip for a Southern Hills Athletic Conference battle with the Whiteoak Wildcats. It was a tough second and third innings for the Dragons that spelled their doom as they fell on the road to the Cats by a final score of 7-4.
After the Dragons picked up single runs in the first and second innings off Whiteoak starter Tyler Williams, the home standing Wildcats roared back in their second and third at-bats, getting three in the second and two in the third to take a 5-2 lead, a lead they never relinquished.
West Union bounced back in the top of the fourth, when Brandon Daniel drove home a pair with a two-base hit, pulling the visitors within one, but that was as close as they were to get.
That fourth inning rally was the last big offensive threat by the Dragons, who went down in order in the fifth, got one base runner in the sixth, and then in their final at-bat, Tony Hostetter reached on a two-out error but was left stranded when catcher Daulton Blevins was caught looking to end the game.
Taylor was the tough luck loser on the mound for West Union, throwing a complete game and striking out 13 Whiteoak hitters.
The Dragons were scheduled to host Manchester on Thursday but the weather at press time made that match up a doubtful one.On Saturday, both the West Union baseball and softball will be hosting Felicity in doubleheader action, providing that that playing conditions are acceptable by then.