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Baseball team still battling in final weeks

July 6, 2012
Cheyne Reiter - Union Correspondant , Dysart Reporter

On Monday, June 11th, the Knights hosted the Wolverines hoping to earn their second conference win of the season. However, the Knights were only able to muster up three total hits, all of them coming in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Freshman Justin Carey broke up the no-hit effort with an infield single but it would be too little, too late from the Knights.

Junior Nic Peters took the hill for the Knights and threw 5 1/3 innings of three run ball but came away with the loss as the Knights offense was silenced by the Wolverines.

The Knights fell to 1-7 (1-3 NICL) on the season.

The Knights traveled to Wapsie following their 7-0 defeat against D-NH and came away with a tough 6-5 loss.

Union had a three run lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning but Wapsie scored five times as Trevor Rottinghaus, the Knights starter, was unable to finish the inning. Ted Tecklenburg pitched scoreless ball in relief but the Knights offense was unable to overcome the big inning as their rally came up short in the one-run loss.

Rottinghaus lasted just 3 2/3 innings giving up six runs, three earned, on nine hits while taking the loss.

Offensively, Nic Peters and Tecklenburg both had two hits apiece.

Seven strong innings by Knights starter Brady Driscol were exactly what Union needed. After scoring only one time all game, the Knights needed to limit the Falcons to stay within striking distance. Driscol allowed just two runs in a complete game but if the Knights were unable to rally, he'd end up taking a very difficult loss.

In the bottom of the seventh, senior Chase Kruckemeyer crushed a triple putting the tying run on third with nobody out. Justin Clark followed with a triple of his own knotting the score at two-all, and the winning run was now just 90 feet away.

Coach Robert Driscol opted for a suicide squeeze and it backfired as the bunt was missed and Clark was tagged out easily at the plate. However, Ted Tecklenburg made up for the missed bunt with a double and up came sophomore Bo Bader. Bader lashed a pinch-hit double into the gap and the Knights walked off victorious, 3-2.

Solid pitching and clutch hitting were the keys in the Knights win, moving them to 2-8 (2-4 NICL) on the season.

With the Knights facing Hudson flamethrower Cale Henke, hits would be hard to come by.

Brady Driscol led off the game with an infield single and moved to third with one away. Henke retired the next two Knights on strikeouts and went on to throw an impressive four innings, striking out eight batters.

Hudson batted through the lineup in the first inning, scoring five times and eventually widened the gap to seven runs in the fourth inning.

The Knights finally scratched two runs across in the sixth to cut the Pirate lead to 8-2 but the Pirates buried the Knights in the seventh scoring five more runs to make the score 13-2.

Union rallied in the bottom of the seventh, mainly due to five base on balls and three hit batters. Senior Trevor Rottinghaus had a bases-clearing double that cut the lead to 13-9 but the rally came up short.

Rottinghaus took the loss on the mound as well as he gave up eight runs, five of them earned, on ten hits while striking out four.

Freshmen Brady Driscol pitched the Knights to another win on June 19th as the Knights won a back-and-forth battle with Denver.

Driscol allowed just five hits and four walks in the winning effort as the Knights offense came through once again in the bottom of the seventh.

After Driscol allowed the tying run in the top half, the Knights scored on a walk-off bunt as Hunter Zempel came home to score the winning run.

Junior Nic Peters filled the box score for the Knights going 1-for-2 with a triple, walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base.

With the win, the Knights moved to 3-9 (3-5 NICL) overall.

The Knights won consecutive games for the first time during this 2012 campaign as superb Nic Peters pitching led Union to a 4-1 victory over the Mustangs.

Peters mastered the Independence bats as he allowed just six hits in a complete game effort, striking out eight in the process.

Freshman Alex Barz went 3-for-4 in the win, lashing a double while scoring one run. Junior Justin Clark also had two hits on the night.

The Knights moved to 4-9 (3-5 NICL) on the season.

After walking off vs. the Falcons a week earlier, the Knights knew they'd have their hands full traveling to Parkersburg.

The Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead due in large part to eight Falcon walks. However, the Falcons rallied with two in the third and three more runs in the bottom of the sixth and this time hung on vs. Union, winning 5-4.

Despite eight walks, the Knights were only able to notch three hits in the losing effort.

Senior Trevor Rottinghaus was the losing pitcher as he threw six innings, giving up five earned runs while striking out seven.

In one-run games, the Knights are 3-4 on the season. Overall, the Knights fell to 4-10 (3-6 NICL).

The Knights traveled to Riverside stadium on Saturday, June 23rd, for a three-team tournament involving Roland-Story and Lake Mills.

In the first game, the Knights fell to Roland-Story, 2-1.

The Knights jumped out to a 1-0 lead but failed to hang on as Union started Brady Driscol allowed single tallies in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Union's Chase Kruckemeyer launched a double off the left field wall and eventually came around for the lone Knight run.

In game two, the Knights rebounded with a 9-3 pounding of Lake Mills.

The Knights totaled 15 baserunners as they lashed out eight hits while earning seven walks in the process. Brady Driscol filled the stat sheet going 2-for-4 with a triple, walk, run scored, one RBI, and three stolen bases.

Sophomore Bo Bader pitched the Knights to victory going seven strong innings, allowing just three runs on three hits.



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