By Todd Parker

The Union Knights softball team traveled to Denver on Tuesday, June 9 for a NICL conference doubleheader. The Knights came away with 2 losses, but gave a solid effort in both games facing one of class 2A’s top pitchers in the state. In game 1, the Knights lost 10-0. The Cyclones scored 3 runs in the second inning, 2 runs in each the third, fourth, and fifth innings apeice, and then 1 run in the sixth inning. Offensively the Knights did not score as the Denver pitcher had 12 strikeouts, only allowed 2 Knights to reach base, and gave up 1 hit to Peyton Parker. Cierra Nolan started the game on the mound for the Knights and was relieved by Kaylee Sherwood. They gave up a combined 6 hits and 4 walks.
In game two, the Knights and Cyclones played a close game with the Denver pulling out a 3-0 victory. The game was a pitcher’s duel until the fourth inning when Denver scored 2 runs on 3 hits and 1 error in the inning. They also scored 1 run in the sixth inning. The Knights threatened to score in the top of the 7th inning as Peyton Parker started off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a pass ball, but then was unable to score as the game ended. The Cyclones pitched their top pitcher once again and she had 9 strikeouts, only allowing 3 base runners, while giving up 2 Union hits, both coming to Parker. Union pitched Peyton Parker, who allowed 3 runs on 8 hits, and struck out 3. With the 2 losses, the Knights fell to 7-6 overall on the season.