For the first time in two years, Union City's stranglehold on Grady County baseball was broken.
Verden reclaimed Grady glory with a 2-1 win on Saturday in Amber. The Tigers continued their trending success from the previous week when they won the Amber-Pocasset Panther Classic, setting the bar for a repeat performance.
They handled the pressure well, first topping Ninnekah before beating the hosts late Friday to set up a showdown with two-time champions Union City. The Tigers did not have to win a game based on their batting alone, but it did come up big, once again, when it counted.
Verden limited Union City to only one run for the game, and some of that might be down to the weather. Heavy winds put pressure on the outfield with plenty of fly balls throughout the evening, but plenty of catches were made and plenty of zeros remained on the scoreboard.
Verden broke the deadlock, a rare occurrence on an afternoon of defense. Union City responded, but, fortunately for the Tigers, only once.
Dusty Keil's RBI brought Alex Whitlow across for the winning run in the bottom of the sixth. It left Union City with the shortest timeframe possible to grab back the initiative. And while Verden has relied on their batting before, a pitching staff of Tryston Morgan and Alex Whitlow have also come up big when it comes to closing games out. A three up three down ended the game triumphantly for Verden, their second trophy in as many weeks.
Earlier that day, Rush Springs stormed past hosts Am-Po 8-1 to take the third place prize on Saturday. The Redskins fell to Union City in the semifinals, but redeem themselves with a bronze finish.