Union Ties For Second
With a 10-4 over Dike on July 1, the Union baseball team moved into a second place tie to finish conference play with a 7-5 record. Sophomore Alex Barz earned the win on the mound as the offense collected ten hits.
The Knights started off quickly as they scored three runs in the first inning and four more in the second. Sophomore Justin Carey got things started with a walk followed by a one out hit by Driscol, and then a two RBI single by junior Bo Bader. Bader scored on the same hit on miscues by the Dike defense. In the second, eighth grader Derek Holschlag reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a walk issued to sophomore Austin Kiler followed by a walk to Carey, which lead to all three eventually scoring on consecutive hits by Tecklenburg, Driscol, and Barz. Barz's hit plated Carey and Tecklenburg to add to his team leading RBI total.
Union tacked on one more run in the third as senior Nic Peters was walked and later scored on a fielder's choice by Carey. Dike scored three of their own in the third, otherwise found runs hard to come by. Union scored single insurance runs in the fifth and sixth. Holschlag lead off with a hit in the fifth, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kiler, and scored on a Carey hit. In the sixth, Bader reached on a fielder's choice and evenually scored to push the scored to 10-3 entering the seventh inning.
The following had hits for Union: Carey, Tecklenburg, Driscol (3), Barz (3), Bader, and Holschlag.
Union is 10-11 overall and 7-5 in conference play.
Knights Defeat BCL
The Union baseball team defeated BCL-UW on July 2, 6-1. On a somewhat sluggish offensive performance, the Knights rode the combined one hit pitching of senior Nic Peters and junior Bo Bader. Peters flirted with a no-hitter for five and two thirds innings before a BCL infield hit would break up the no-hit bid.
Union scored a lone run in the second as Bader lead off with a walk, advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Peters, and eventually scored on a passed ball. The Knights scored three more times in the third. Carey reached on an error, stole second and later scored the first run of the inning. Consecutive hits by Tecklenburg and Driscol kept things going. Tecklenburg would score the second run on a wild pitch which also allowed Driscol to scored on the same play from second base with some heads-up base running. Two more runs in the fifth was plenty of insurance for the Knights. Tecklenburg and Driscol drew back to back walks in the fifth and scored later in the inning to push the lead and final score to 6-1.
Senior Nic Peters kept the Comets off balance and threw a great game giving up just one hit, one walk, no earned runs, and stuck out three in six innings of work. Bader retired the side in order in an inning of relief work.
"Although I thought we played flat tonight, the boys continue to play good ball. Nic threw well, defense behind him was solid, and our bats produced enough runs for a good win. Our pitching and defense remains solid and our bats are becoming what I thought they could be all season long. Hopefully winning seven of our last eight is giving the team confidence as we head down the stretch."
Union is 11-11 overall and 7-5 in conference.