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By Todd Parker
The Union Knights softball team traveled to Dike on June 30 and took on the Dike New-Hartford Wolverines and came away with a 1-0 loss. The only run came in the 3rd inning by the Wolverines. Union had 8 batters on base but could not get in any to score. Getting hits in the game were Kaitlin Holschlag (2), Peyton Parker (2) and Ashley Carey. Jordyn Nagle was on base 2 times with a walk and on base by error. The defense was solid only allowing 4 hits and 1 error. Peyton Parker pitched for the Knights allowing 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 5.
By Todd Parker
COLUMBUS 2, UNION 0
On Monday, June 29 the Union Knights Softball team traveled to Waterloo and took on the NICL Conference leader Columbus Sailors in a varsity double header. The Knights played right with the ranked Sailors inning for inning, but once again could not get on the scoreboard and lost 2-0. The game went back and forth between 2 good pitchers and solid defenses making great plays. Jordyn Nagel threw out 3 Sailor base runners trying to steal second base. Peyton Parker had 7 strikeouts for the Knights holding the top hitting team in the conference to 5 hits. Brooke Craig had 7 strikeouts for the Sailors and only allowed 5 hits. In the 6th inning Columbus took the lead when All-state senior Brooke Craig, a UNI recruit, hit a 2 run homer to right center. Getting hits for the Knights were Kaitlin Holschlag (2), Kaylee Sherwood, and Ashley Carey. Earning walks were Peyton Parker (2) and Cierra Nolan.
COLUMBUS 9, UNION 2
In the 2nd game Columbus jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the 1st inning on 3 hits and a home run. They then scored 4 more runs in the 3rd inning on 2 hits and 2 errors, to take a 7-0 lead. The Sailors scored their final 2 runs in the 4th inning to go ahead 9-0. Union fought back and scored 2 runs in the 5th inning when Cierra Nolan singled, went to 2nd on Hailee Brown’s sacrifice bunt, advanced to 3rd as Kaitlin Holschlag reached on base by error, and scored on Justine Nagel’s infield grounder. Peyton Parker singled and then Holschlag scored on Maggie Driscol’s single.
In the game Peyton Parker pitched the first 3 innings and gave up 7 runs. Justine Nagel pitched the last 3 innings allowing 2 runs. Jordyn Nagel threw out 1 base runner on a steal attempt. Kaylee Sherwood and Kaitlin Holschlag each had 2 hits. Peyton Parker, Maggie Driscol, Ashley Carey, Cierra Nolan, and Hailee Brown each had 1 hit a piece.
Union falls to 13-9 on the year.
By Todd Parker
The Union Knights softball team dropped a home contest, 2-0, to Wapsie Valley on June 25. The game was a battle between pitchers and tough defense as only 2 runs were scored the entire game as both teams had a combined 15 base runners. Wapsie Valley scored 1 run in the 4th inning on an error and 2 singles. They scored another run in the 6th inning on a base hit and sacrifice bunt.
Union had 7 hits, but could not move any around to score as many pop ups and 5 strikeouts. Getting hits for the Knights were: Kaitlin Holschlag, Justine Nagel. Maggie Driscol, Kaylee Sherwood, Hailee Brown, and Haylee Keune.
Peyton Parker pitched all 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, and striking out 4. The Knights drop to 13-7 on the year.
Derek Holschlag went 2-4, sparking the Knights to a 4-1 victory in seven innings over #4 (Class 2A) Columbus on Tuesday, June 30.
He doubled in the first inning and singled in the sixth inning. The Knights got the win thanks in large part to Brady Driscol‘s dominant, seven-strikeout performance. Driscol allowed one earned run, three hits and two walks over seven innings. Isaac Squires couldn’t get it done on the bump for Columbus, taking a loss. He lasted just four innings, walked one, struck out two, and allowed three runs. Union stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring one run on a groundout by Driscol. One of the Knights baserunners came all the way around to score in each of the second, fourth and sixth. In the second, the Knights scored on an RBI single byJustin Carey, plating Austin Kiler. Union scored on an RBI single by Alex Barz.
Union is 14-10 overall and 11-6 in the conference. Columbus is 22-3, suffering their first conference loss to Union.
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Columbus 9, Union 2
The Knights racked up six hits, but it wasn’t enough, as Knights were 9-2 losers on Monday, June 29 at the hands of Waterloo Columbus.
Luke Farley got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over seven innings. Farley struck out eight, walked four and gave up six hits.
Alex Barz took the loss for the Knights. He allowed eight runs in three innings, walked three and struck out three.
The game was never in doubt after the first, as Columbus scored two runs on an RBI single by Gregg Glass.
Columbus piled on six more runs in the bottom of the third. The inning got off to a hot start when Lucas Benda doubled, bringing home Glass. That was followed up by Duggan’s single, plating Benda.
Two runs in the top of the sixth helped the Knights close its deficit to 9-2. An RBI double by Alex Barz and a groundout by Cael Lambe sparked the Knights’ rally. But, Farley got a Union batter to strike out to end the inning.
Columbus 3, Union 1
Justin Carey did his best to change the outcome, but Carey couldn’t lead the Knights past Columbus as the Knights lost 3-1 in seven innings on Monday, June 29.
Carey baffled Columbus, striking out seven batters. Carey allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks over six innings.
Lucas Benda got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. He allowed one run over seven innings. He struck out five, walked none and surrendered four hits.
Carey ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss.
Columbus never trailed after scoring two runs in the first on an RBI double by Luke Farley.
Union is 13-10 overall and 10-6 in the conference. Columbus is 22-2 and remains unbeaten in the conference.