By Todd Parker

Thanks to scoring eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Union Knights softball team hung on to a 9-8 victory over the Hudson Pirates on Thursday, June 5.  The Knights scored 9 runs on 13 hits and committed 4 errors.  The Pirates scored 8 runs on 10 hits and committed 3 errors.  Hudson started off the scoring with 1 run in the first inning and two runs in the third inning.  Union finally broke through their scoreless first three innings, by scoring 8 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.  13 Knights batted in the inning, with the first 8 batters scoring runs off of 7 hits and 3 errors by the Pirates.  Hudson answered right back with 3 runs of their own, to make the game 8-6.  The Knights scored an insurance run in the sixth inning, which turned out to be the game winner.  Hudson scored 3 runs in the seventh inning and the Knights were able to get out of the inning with the tying run stranded at second base.  Behind a resilient defense, the Knight’s freshman pitcher Peyton Parker earned her fifth win of the season, giving up 8 runs on 10 hits, while striking out 3.  It was Parker’s 5th game in four days throwing 35 innings in that stretch of time.  Leading the Knights offensively was Emma Rottinghaus who was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.  Maggie Driscol, Raini Hilmer, and Kaylee Sherwood all were on base 3 times apiece by either getting hits, walks, or Pirate Errors.   The balance in the batting lineup is paying off for the Knights in the young season as every Union player that batted reached on base by a hit for the second time in three games.  The Knights are 5-0 on their home field and improved to 6-2 overall on the season.  The JV team won 4-1 and improved to 2-0 on the season.