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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.