As it turned out, the Lady Bears just needed one.
Emilee Mullins smacked a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to provide the only run in Union’s 1-0 win over the visiting Lady Blue Devils.
The win kept Union tied at the top of the district standings in the loss column.
Mullins’ homer was one of only a couple of marks against Gate City pitcher Kate Pendleton, who was locked in a pitchers’ duel with Union’s Marleigh Duncan.
Duncan picked up the key, complete-game win for the Lady Bears (9-2, 4-2). She gave up two hits, struck out three, hit one batter and walked none in the shutout victory.
Pendleton took the hard-luck loss, giving up one run on two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk for Gate City (6-7, 3-3).
Union’s Jenna Wade had the Lady Bears’ only other hit in the game, a single to right field in the second inning.
Gate City got hits from Kinslee Hammonds and Alexis Flanary.
The Lady Blue Devils threatened to score in the fourth inning with runners on the corners thanks to two Union errors. But Duncan was able to pitch out of the jam without allowing a run.