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.