The the Union High School softball and baseball teams have been met with mixed results this year, and both currently sit in the bottom half of the division stadings.
That's not to say, however, that there haven't been positive signs and strong individual performances this year.
For the ladies, junior pitcher Sam Barz has been a workhorse, throwing 74 and 1/3 innings this season. She is currently 6-6 with a 3.01 ERA. Opposing batters have only been hitting .239 against her, and she has struck out 53. Her walk total has gone down in recent weeks, and currently sits at 39 on the season.
Barz is also performing well on the offensive end, batting .317 with 11 RBI.
Her sister, sophomore Lauren Barz, has been an intergral part of the battery with her sister, catching most of the team's games and hitting .310 on the year. She also has a home run.
Raini Hilmer has been tearing it up on the basepaths, stealing five bases this season and getting on base at a .365 clip. She is also batting .327.
Perhaps the team's most productive offensive player in 2012 has been junior Peyton Bockholt. Bockholt, who has been playing arguably the game's toughest position at shortstop, has amassed a .422 batting average, hitting two home runs and driving in six. She has also stolen four bases, and is getting on base at a .469 clip. Bockholt leads the team in slugging percentage at .622.
The girls are currently 7-8 with a chance to make up some ground this week. They are only two games back of third place in the division.
The boys, likewise, have seen their share of individual standouts, despite a less-than-stellar team record.
Freshman Brady Driscol has been the team's most consistent presence on the mound, faring much better than his 2-1 record would indicate. Driscol has an ERA of just 1.97, and has struck out 19, while walking just eight. Opposing batters have been held to .224 against him.
Freshman Justin Carey has had the most consistent offensive season for the Knights, batting .304 with four RBI and two stolen bases. Junior Justin Clark is also hitting well, at a .259 clip.
The Knights are currently at the bottom of the conference standings with a 2-9 overall record (as of June 19th), and will be looking to get their young stars more playing time as the year winds down to gain invaluable experience for down the road.