By Todd Parker

Cedar Falls 7, Union 3

The Union Knights softball team traveled to Conrad for the BCLUW – David Lee Softball Classic on Friday, June 12 and lost a hard fought battle to class 5A Cedar Falls Tigers 7-3.  The Tigers scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning on 3 Knight’s errors.  Union settled down and played good defense the rest of the game.  In the 3rd inning the Knights got on the score board by scoring 2 runs themselves to tie the game at 2.  In the inning, Kaitlin Holschlag singled, advanced to 2nd on Peyton Parker’s single, and moved to third on Kaylee Sherwood’s ground out to 2nd.  Jordyn Nagle came up and hit a 2 RBI single to right field scoring both Holschlag and Parker.   The Knights played right with the bigger school, inning for inning, and even took the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning when they scored 1 run.  Jordyn Nagel scored, as Cierra Nolan and Emma Peters both walked, and Kaitlin Holschlag singled home Nagel.  The Knights hung onto the slim 1 run lead going into the top of the seventh inning and even were able to get 1 out in the inning when the Tigers were able to string base hits and bunts together  along with a Union error to score 5 runs in the inning to take a 7-3 advantage.  Union’s bats were silent in the bottom of the 7th inning as they had a hard time with the very fast Tiger pitcher, who struck out 12 batters in the game.  Union scored 3 runs on 6 hits and committed 4 errors.  Cedar Falls scored 7 runs on 7 hits and committed 0 errors.   Pitcher Peyton Parker struck out 2, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits and walking none.  The offense was led by Kaitlin Holschlag who had 2 hits, while Peyton Parker, Kaylee Sherwood, Jordyn Nagel, and Ashley Carey each had 1 hit.  Earning walks in the game were Justine Nagel, Jordyn Nagel, Ashley Carey, Cierra Nolan, and Emma Peters.  The Knight’s record falls to 10-3 on the year.

BCLUW 2, Union 0

On Saturday, June 13, the Union Knights softball team returned back to Conrad for day 2 of the BCLUW – David Lee Softball Classic and lost a close contest to #9 ranked (class 2A) BCLUW Comets 2-0.  The Comets scored the only runs in the game in the 2nd inning as they were able to score 2. The Knights had 9 batters on base, but stranded 7 of them without scoring.  Union scored 0 runs on 5 hits and committed 0 errors.  Getting hits in the game were Justine Nagel, Peyton Parker(2), Ashley Carey, and Cierra Nolan.  The defense played well for Union only allowing 5 hits and committing 0 errors.  BCLUW scored 2 runs on 5 hits and committed 1 error.  commitingthe s scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning on 3 Knight’s errors.  Union settled down and played good defense the rest of the game.  Pitcher Peyton Parker went all 7 innings, allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, struck out 2, and walked none.  The Knight’s record is 10-4 on the year.

Marshalltown 7, Union 5 (8 innings)

After a short 30 minute break the Union Knights softball were back in action in their last game of the BCLUW – David Lee Softball Classic and lost in extra innings 7-5 to class 5A Marshalltown Bobcats.  The Knights made a dramatic come from behind effort by scoring 3 runs to tie the game in the bottom of the 5th inning, but could not hold on in extra innings.   Union took the early lead in the 1st inning by scoring 2 runs when Kaitlin Holschlag singled, advanced to 2nd on a hit by pitch by Justine Nagel, and then scored on Peyton Parker’s single.  Nagel then scored from 3rd on Kaylee Sherwood’s RBI ground out to the infield.   Marshalltown took the lead back by scoring 3 runs in the 4th inning.  In the 5th inning the Bobcats scored 2 more runs to take a 5-2 lead.  Union battled back to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the 5th inning when Kaitlin Holschlag and Justine Nagel had back to back singles.  Peyton Parker came to the plate and belted a 3 run homerun over the leftfield fence.  It was Knights first on the year and Parker’s first of her career.   The Knights then shut down the Bobcats for the next 2 innings pushing the game to extra innings.   in the 8th inning the international tiebreaker rule went into effect as both teams started with a runner on 2nd base.  Marshalltown scored 2 runs in the top of the inning to take a 7-5 lead.  Union was unable to score any runs in the bottom of the inning as the game ended 7-5 in the Bobcats favor.  Union scored 5 runs on 7 hits, and 0 errors.  Getting hits in the game were Kaitlin Holschlag (3), Peyton Parker (2 including the HR), Justine Nagel (1 plus 2 hit by pitch), and Kaylee Sherwood (1).  Marshalltown scored 7 runs on 12 hits, and committed 0 errors.   Peyton Parker pitched all 8 innings (15 for the day including the first game), allowed 7 runs on 12 hits, striking out 4, and allowing 1 walk.  Parker’s 4 strikeouts pushed her year total over 100 for the season.  The Knights competed tough in the 2 day tournament against bigger and ranked schools.  Their record now sits at 10-5 on the year.