The Union Knights capped off the 2013 season with six selections to the NICL East All-Conference teams. Senior Sam Barz led the way as a first team pick based on her .415 batting average, five doubles and two home runs . Teammates Lauren Barz, Jess Bohnstengel, Raini Hilmer and Peyton Parker were named to the second team. Kaitlin Holschlag was an Honorable Mention selection.
The Knights finished fourth in the NICL East with a 7-5 record, 10-16 overall.
“Our three seniors, Peyton Bockholt, Haley Dietrick and Sam Barz will be greatly missed. They were all great leaders for our program this year. Due to knee surgery, Peyton was unable to play, but was a vital member in our dugout. After not playing softball for the past several years, Haley joined for this, her senior year. Playing infield, outfield, batting, and baserunning, she made great contributions. Sam was the only senior in the starting lineup, with most of her time on the field in the centerfield. Her biggest strengths for our team were her leadership and as an offensive threat,” Head Coach Melanie Barz stated.
“We really gained a great deal of experience this year. Early in the season, we played many people in different position and finally settled on a solid lineup toward the end of the season. As half of our losses came to teams ranked in the top 10 of their respective classes. We learned a lot, which will make us stronger as a team. Union High School softball has a very bright future, with some very talented, hard-working players returning for next season,” she added.