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Additional Postseason Honors for Knights Following Best Season in Years
The Knights were anchored by Class 3A First Team All-State and First Team Southeast All-District selection, Peyton Parker, who was very nearly a pitching staff of one. Parker’s 232 innings pitched was the second highest 3A total in the state. With a sparkling 1.23 ERA, Parker posted a 22-12 record, strking out 180 batters while walking just 21. She held opposing batters to a scant .212 batting average and was excellent at fielding her position, making just one error all season. Parker was a weapon at the plate, as well, batting .476 with five home runs, including two grand slams. Her 53 runs batted in was the eighth highest total in Class 3A.
NICL East All-Conference Team
Joining Parker on the First Team All-NICL East was junior shortstop, Kaitlin Holschlag. As the team’s leadoff hitter, Holschlag was a blend of power and speed, hitting .474 with a .617 slugging percentage. She led the team in hits (63) and runs scored (36). Defensively, Holschlag was the captain of the infield with 52 assists and 53 putouts.
Junior catcher, Jordyn Nagel, was recognized for her play with an All-Conference Honorable Mention. Nagel had an outstanding .984 fielding percentage playing one of the toughest positions on the diamond. She also threw out eight out of thirteen baserunners trying to steal. At the plate, Nagel hit .307 with 10 doubles and a home run, scoring 14 runs while driving in 23. She also stole seven bases.
With no seniors on the roster in 2016, the team looks to next season with plenty of optimism.
After posting a 5-1 victory over Hampton-Dumont, the Union Knights advanced to a Class 3A regional semifinal game at Van Horne against top-ranked Benton Community (38-2), a team undefeated against 3A competition in 2016. The Bobcats entered the contest sporting a 21 game winning streak, recording shutouts in 19 of those games, while outscoring their opponents 204-4.
The Knights called upon junior Peyton Parker (22-11, 1.27 ERA) to tame Benton bats that had pounded out 15 runs in just three innings against Aplington-Parkersburg in the Bobcats’ regional opener. Entering the game, only two pitchers in the state had logged more innings than Parker, who held the Bobcats well below their scoring average, forcing them to play a full seven inning game.
Unfortunately for the Union offense, Bobcat ace, Amber Fiser (23-2, 0.28 ERA), was as good as advertised, limiting the Knights to just one hit while recording the team’s 32nd shutout of the season. Fiser also did damage at the plate, driving in three runs with a 2 RBI double and run scoring single, as the Bobcats advanced to the regional final against New Hampton with a 5-0 win.
The Union softball program continues to show steady improvement under Head Coach Sherry Parker, recording the school’s first winning record (23-14) in more than five years. With no seniors on this year’s squad, the future looks bright, indeed, for the Union Knights.