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Six Knights on All-Conference Baseball Teams; Driscol Named League Co-MVP

The Union Baseball Team recently had several players selected as members of the NICL East All-Conference team. As a team, the Knights finished with a 15-6 conference record which was good enough for second place in the league. Union plated four players on the first team, one on second, and a honorable mention selection.
Senior Alex Barz was selected as a First Team Utility player. A four year letter winner, Barz played a variety of positions this year spending most of his time behind the plate, pitching, or playing first base. In conference play, Barz hit .353 on 24 hits with nine doubles. His nine doubles was enough for a tie of the second most in the league. His 29 RBIs lead the conference. From the mound, Alex had a conference record of 3-3 with a 4.07 ERA while pitching 32 2/3 innings and striking out 34.
Another senior, Justin Carey, also received honors as a First Team Outfield selection. Carey played a solid centerfield for the Knights while hitting .323 in league play. Justin used his hitting abilities to collect 21 hits, drive in nine runs, and score 19 runs himself. He stole 16 of 17 bases which was good enough for the third most in the conference. Carey was a mainstay in the conference pitching rotation where he had a solid year. He threw 35 1/3 innings (7th most in the league) with a 3-2 record while striking out 50 batters (3rd most in the league). Justin’s 1.98 ERA was a career best and 7th best in the conference.
Brady Driscol earned First Team Pitcher with a 7-1 record with three of the wins being shutouts. Driscol was able to collect a win against each of the conference teams. His seven wins was the highest amongst conference pitchers as was his 51 innings pitched. Brady’s 1.10 ERA was second best in the league while his 40 strikeouts placed him 6th. He showed great control walking just 8 batters in his 51 innings of work.
Senior Austin Kiler earned First Team Second Base. Austin hit .267 with 16 hits, 8 RBIs, and five for five in stolen bases. Defensively, Kiler was solid at second base as he committed no errors in league play while collecting 31 putouts and 26 assists. No errors put him at the top of the league for second basemen.
Sophomore Cael Lambe earned Second Team First Base. Cael hit .311 on 19 hits, along with 17 RBIs, and 9 runs scored. Cael showed great bat control striking out just three times in 61 plate appearances. He was also 1-0 on the mound in league play with 6 innings pitched. He struck out seven and did not give up a run during his shutout performance vs Sumner-Fredricksberg.
Fellow sophomore Derek Holschlag earned Honorable Mention All-Conference. Holschlag was a true, and very valuable, utility player to the Knights this year. Depending on who was pitching, Derek played key defensive positions very well such as shortstop, centerfield, and third base. He hit .333 in league play with 23 hits, 23 runs scored, and stolen 15 of 16 bases. Derek also pitched 9 innings in conference play with a 1.56 ERA.
Brady Driscol was also voted Co-MVP of the league. While his pitching stats ranked at or near the top of the league, his offensive numbers were just as high. Brady hit a league leading .485 on 32 hits, which also lead the league. He stolen 18 bases which also topped the league. As did other Union players this year, Brady showed great bat control striking out just twice in 66 plate appearances.

Barz, Carey, Driscol Earn All District Honors

By Coach Robert Driscol

Union seniors Alex Barz, Justin Carey, and Brady Driscol each recently received Northeast Iowa Class 3A All District honors. Teams included in this District were: Center Point-Urbana, Marion, West Delaware, Waverly, Benton Community, Vinton-Shellsburg, South Tama, Decorah, Charles City, Waukon, Maquoketa Valley, Independence, Oelwein, and Dubuque Wahlert.
Brady Driscol earned First Team All-District Pitcher honors. Brady had a regular season record of 10-2 with a 1.24 ERA. He struck out 52 batters and walked just 10 in his 67 2/3 innings pitched. Brady was only one of two pitchers in Class 3A to end the regular season with 10 wins. His innings pitched were the second most in Class 3A. Brady also had a solid year at the plate hitting .471 in regular season play which was good enough for 10th best in the state. He scored 39 runs (9th in state), collected 49 hits and stole 23 bases. He struck out just four times in 104 plate appearances.
Alex Barz earned Second Team All-District Utility. Alex spent the majority of the season either catching, pitching, or playing first base. On the offensive side of things, Alex hit .365 during the regular season on 38 hits. Of those hits, 17 were doubles which was the third most in Class 3A. His hits were very productive this year as he drove in 36 runs which was the 8th most in the class. From the mound, Alex was 3-3 with a 3.35 ERA during his 39 2/3 innings pitched. Alex was a Second Team All-District Catcher as a sophomore.
Justin Carey earned Second Team All-District Outfield. During the regular season, Justin hit .376 with 38 hits, and 12 RBIs. Justin scored 29 runs which was the third highest on the team this year. He showed his speed on the base paths as he stole 21 bases which was the second highest on the team. Justin earned a 3-2 record on the mound with 38 1/3 innings pitched. He had an impressive ERA of 1.83 with 52 strikeouts.

Six Knights on All-Conference Baseball Teams; Driscol Named League Co-MVP

The Union Baseball Team recently had several players selected as members of the NICL East All-Conference team. As a team, the Knights finished with a 15-6 conference record which was good enough for second place in the league. Union plated four players on the first team, one on second, and a honorable mention selection.
Senior Alex Barz was selected as a First Team Utility player. A four year letter winner, Barz played a variety of positions this year spending most of his time behind the plate, pitching, or playing first base. In conference play, Barz hit .353 on 24 hits with nine doubles. His nine doubles was enough for a tie of the second most in the league. His 29 RBIs lead the conference. From the mound, Alex had a conference record of 3-3 with a 4.07 ERA while pitching 32 2/3 innings and striking out 34.
Another senior, Justin Carey, also received honors as a First Team Outfield selection. Carey played a solid centerfield for the Knights while hitting .323 in league play. Justin used his hitting abilities to collect 21 hits, drive in nine runs, and score 19 runs himself. He stole 16 of 17 bases which was good enough for the third most in the conference. Carey was a mainstay in the conference pitching rotation where he had a solid year. He threw 35 1/3 innings (7th most in the league) with a 3-2 record while striking out 50 batters (3rd most in the league). Justin’s 1.98 ERA was a career best and 7th best in the conference.
Brady Driscol earned First Team Pitcher with a 7-1 record with three of the wins being shutouts. Driscol was able to collect a win against each of the conference teams. His seven wins was the highest amongst conference pitchers as was his 51 innings pitched. Brady’s 1.10 ERA was second best in the league while his 40 strikeouts placed him 6th. He showed great control walking just 8 batters in his 51 innings of work.
Senior Austin Kiler earned First Team Second Base. Austin hit .267 with 16 hits, 8 RBIs, and five for five in stolen bases. Defensively, Kiler was solid at second base as he committed no errors in league play while collecting 31 putouts and 26 assists. No errors put him at the top of the league for second basemen.
Sophomore Cael Lambe earned Second Team First Base. Cael hit .311 on 19 hits, along with 17 RBIs, and 9 runs scored. Cael showed great bat control striking out just three times in 61 plate appearances. He was also 1-0 on the mound in league play with 6 innings pitched. He struck out seven and did not give up a run during his shutout performance vs Sumner-Fredricksberg.
Fellow sophomore Derek Holschlag earned Honorable Mention All-Conference. Holschlag was a true, and very valuable, utility player to the Knights this year. Depending on who was pitching, Derek played key defensive positions very well such as shortstop, centerfield, and third base. He hit .333 in league play with 23 hits, 23 runs scored, and stolen 15 of 16 bases. Derek also pitched 9 innings in conference play with a 1.56 ERA.
Brady Driscol was also voted Co-MVP of the league. While his pitching stats ranked at or near the top of the league, his offensive numbers were just as high. Brady hit a league leading .485 on 32 hits, which also lead the league. He stolen 18 bases which also topped the league. As did other Union players this year, Brady showed great bat control striking out just twice in 66 plate appearances.

Union Softball: All-Conference Honors for Union Girls

By Todd Parker

The Union Knights Softball team capped off the 2015 season with four selections to the NICL East All-Conference teams. The Knights finished with an overall record of 14-14 and 8-6 in the conference, tying for third place with Denver. Columbus and Jesup finished ahead of the Knights.
Sophomore pitcher Peyton Parker was named to the first team as a utility player. She had 14 wins and 14 losses on the mound. Peyton had 154 strikeouts on the year, ranking her in the top ten in Class 3A. Her ERA was 1.79, allowing just 24 walks on the year in 184 innings pitched. She also batted .418 with a slugging percentage of .637, including 7 triples (tied for 1st in the state in class 3A and 3rd in all classes), 3 doubles, 1 homerun, 24 RBI’s, and only struck out 5 times in 99 at bats. She also had a .978 Fielding Percentage, while committing just 2 errors on 92 chances.
Sophomore shortstop Kaitlin Holshlag, was named to the second team as a utility player. Kaitlin batted .436 and lead the team in hits (44), stolen bases (4), and tied in doubles (3). She had 12 RBI’s and 3 walks, while only striking out 5 times in 104 at bats. She was the Knights’ leadoff hitter this season. She also had a .908 Fielding Percentage, while committing just 8 errors in 86 chances at a tough fielding position as a shortstop.
Sophomore Justine Nagel, was named as the second team 1st baseman. She had a .982 fielding percentage while making many great stops and stretches at 1st base. She only had 4 errors all year with 13 assists, 210 putouts on 227 chances. Justine batted .301 with 25 hits, scoring 19 runs, 2 doubles, 8 RBI’s, and 7 walks.
Sophomore Jordyn Nagel, was named as the second team catcher. She had a .989 fielding percentage while playing in one of the toughest positions as a catcher. She had 2 errors with 14 assists, 161 putouts on 177 chances. Jordyn threw out 6 out of 12 runners trying to steal second base. She had 12 hits, scored 11 runs, 7 RBI’s and drew 10 walks.
Senior Kaylee Sherwood was selected as honorable mention. She batted .296, with 21 hits, 16 RBI, 10 walks, and an on base percentage of .390. Kaylee played on the varsity for 5 years for the Knights, starting most of them at 3rd base the last 4 years. She had a steady glove at 3rd base and was a strong hitter for the Knights.

Benton’s 8-1 Substate Win Ends Union’s Season

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A fine, 20 win season for the Union Knights came to an abrupt end with a loss to the Benton Community Bobcats in substate play on July 17.
Union scored first in the top half of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. The Bobcats, though, countered with a four run outburst, which would prove to be more than enough to get the victory, as the Knights could muster only four hits in seven innings against Benton starting pitcher, Nash Martensen. A pair of runs for Benton in the fifth inning, sandwiched between single runs scored in the fourth and sixth innings, accounted for the final score.
Improved hitting and pitching in 2015 helped the Knights flip a 13-20 record in 2014 to a 20-13 mark this season. Union upped its team batting average more than 50 points from the previous season, hitting nearly .300 as a team and scoring at an average of nearly six runs a game.
On the mound, Union pitching saw the team’s earned run average drop from 4.10 to less than three runs per game.