By Coach Robert Driscol

The Union Knights won their final home game of the 2013 season by a score of 10-4 over West Marshall. The Trojans boasted a 20-8 record and carried a NICL West Conference Championship into the game. Union was up for the challenge and used a big, six run fifth inning to secure the win.

West Marshall scored a single run in the top of the second, but Union countered with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Bo Bader reached on an error which was followed by a single senior Nic Peters. Both players would later score in the inning to put the Knights up 2-1. Union tacked on one more run in the third when sophomore Brady Driscol lead off with a single, advanced to third on a ground out by Barz, and scored on a Bader ground ball. West Marshall scored two in the top of the fifth to tie the game, 3-3.

Union responded quickly, scoring six runs, which gave starting pitcher Alex Barz plenty of cushion. Sophomore Justin Carey lead off with a single and advanced to third when Tecklenburg and Driscol were each hit by pitches to load the bases. Consecutive hits by Barz, Bader, and Peters plated runs to extend the inning. Senior Justin Clark was then hit by a pitch, which was followed by a two out hit by Carey, rounding out the six run inning.

The Knights produced one final insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, when Driscol lead off with a double, advanced to third on a hit by Bader, and scored on a squeeze play executed by senior Nic Peters.

Bo Bader relieved starting pitcher Alex Barz for the final two innings to preserve the win. Barz earned his fourth win of the year, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out six, walking four and hitting two batters. Bader gave up one earned run, struck out five and walked two in his two innings of work.

The game represented the last appearanceĀ on the Union diamond for seniors Justin Clark, Will Crees, Austin Howe, and Nic Peters.

The Knights open district play at Benton Community at 7 PM on Friday, July 19.

“With West Marshall winning the west side of our league and being 20 game winners, we knew we would have to play well to have a chance. I thought the boys played very well tonight especially on the offensive end of things by getting some timely hits. We ran the bases aggressively, took advantage of their miscues, and had guys step up and drive in runs.” said Union Head Coach, Robert Driscol.