By Todd Parker

In the last regular season game of the year, and the 7th game in 5 days due to make up games, the Union Knights softball team scored the second most runs in a year in a game and defeated the Denver Cyclones 12-1 in a day game at Denver on July 3.  Union scored 2 runs in the first inning when Kaitlin Holschlag reached base on an error and then scored on Peyton Parker’s triple.  It was Parker’s 7th triple of the year, which leads the conference and class 3A.  The Knights scored another run in the 2nd inning to take a 3-0 lead on bunt singles by Maggie Driscol and Cierra Nolan and a walk by Kaitlin Holschlag.  Union broke the game open with 5 runs in the 3rd inning on 6 hits to go ahead 8-1.  Denver scored 1 run in the 5th inning on 2 singles.  Union scored 4 more runs in the last two innings to win the game 12-1.   In the game every Knight started reached on base by a hit.  The offense leaders were Kaitlin Holschlag who was 2 for 4 with a walk including 2 doubles; she was on base 4 out of 5 times.  She leads the team in batting average, hits, doubles and stolen bases.  Maggie Driscol was 3 out of 4, scoring 3 runs.   Ashley Carey and Haylee Brown went 2 for 4.  The Knight’s sophomore pitcher Peyton Parker allowed 3 hits while striking out 4 batters.  The defense helped her out by making great plays and only allowing runners on base in 3 innings.  Cierra Nolan had 5 put out catches and 2 assists. The Knights wrap up the regular season 14-13 and in 3rd place in the NICL conference with a 8-6 record. They host Monticello in a class 3A regional quarterfinal game at 7:00 in La Porte City.