Union Baseball Falls to Ogden
After a week of wet weather and rainouts, the Union Baseball Team was finally able to take the field versus number one seed Ogden at a Roland Story tournament. In a steady drizzle and rain, Union played well but a couple miscues spelled the difference in a 6-3 loss.
Ogden scored in the first inning on a lead off triple and single off starter Bo Bader. After that, Bader settled in and threw very well in poor weather and field conditions. Union was able to take the lead in the third as Carey drew a lead off walk, stole second, advanced to third on a bunt hit by Tecklenburg, and scored on a ground out by Driscol. Tecklenburg later scored on a wild pitch. Union tacked one more run on in the fifth when Tecklenburg collected a two out hit and advanced to third on a hit by Driscol and once again scored on a wild pitch. Union lead 3-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth.
An Ogden two out, two run scoring double chased starter Bader from the game. Crees came in to get the final out of the frame, but Ogden scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth off four Union walks and an error.
Four Union players collected hits: Tecklenburg (3), Driscol, Crees, and Peters (2). Will Crees suffered the loss on the mound.
Union opens up conference play at Hudson on June 3 followed by a home varsity double header versus Waverly on June 5, and then continues conference play at Dike on June 7.
Hudson Slips by Union
The Union Baseball Team traveled to Hudson on June 3rd and dropped a close game 2-0. A Hudson two-run homerun in the first inning proved to be the difference.
Hudson pitcher, Brandon Campos, held the Knights to just one hit while stiking out 11. Ted Tecklenburg had the lone hit for Union. Union left five runners in scoring position, but was unable to come up with a timely hit.
On the mound, Nic Peters settled in after the first innning and threw a solid ballgame giving up just three hits while striking out five over six innings of work.
Union Drops Doubleheader to Waverly
A solid Waverly-Shell Rock team swept the Union Knights on their home field on June 6.
In game one, Waverly scored quickly by scoring two runs in the first off of Union's starter Alex Barz. Things remained scoreless until the Knights' offense came to life in the bottom of the third scoring six. Bo Bader lead things off with a double which was followed by consecutive RBI hits by senior Justin Clark and sophomore Austin Kiler. After Carey reached on an error and Tecklenburg on a hit, Driscol had a two RBI single. Driscol later scored on a hit by Barz to round out the scoring.
Waverly countered with one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one more in the sixth to tie the game. With the game tied heading to the seventh inning, Waverly put three of their first four hitters on base who eventually scored. Union threatened in the bottom half with Carey and Driscol scoring runs, but with runners on second and third Waverly ended the game with a strike out.
The following Knights collected hits: Carey, Tecklenburg (2), Driscol, Crees (2), Barz, Bader, Clark, and Kiler.
Three Union pitchers appeared in the game and combined for 11 base on balls/hit batters which was too much to overcome. Tecklenburg took the loss for the Knights.
In game two, Waverly pitched a shutout and held Union to just two hits (Tecklenburg and Howe). Once again, Waverly got off to a quick start by scoring three off Union's starter Bo Bader in the first inning. Waverly tacked on two more in the second, three in the fourth, and one in the seventh to secure a 9-0 win.
For the second game in a row, four Union pitchers uncharacteristically were unable to find the strike zone and walked 12 batters.
Union now travels to Dike for a conference match-up with the Wolverines.
Dike Edges Union 6-5
The Union Baseball Team traveled to Dike on June 7 and suffered a 6-5 loss; their fourth one run loss of the young season.
Dike lead things off in the first inning reaching on an error, a walk, and a double off Union starter Brady Driscol. After recording two outs, Dike had a single and a homerun to cap off a five run first. Union kept their composure and responded with four runs in the third to close the gap. Nic Peters started things off with a double followed by a walk to Clark and Kiler being hit by a pitch. Carey's fielders choice plated Peters and Clark scored on a Dike error. Tecklenburg followed up with a RBI single and later scored on a single by Barz.
Things remained scoreless until the sixth when Dike scored one run to move ahead 6-4. Once again, Union mounted a comeback in the seventh as Carey and Tecklenburg reached on walks and a Driscol single loaded the bases with no outs. After a strike out, Carey scored on a wild pitch to pull the Knights within one run and runners on second and third. Dike was able to close out the game on two more strike outs and leave the Union runners stranded.
Next up for Union are conference opponents Jesup, Denver, and Wapsie Valley.