By Todd Parker
CR Washington 4, Union 2
On Wednesday, July 1 the Union Knights softball team traveled to Cedar Rapids and played in the Marion invitational. In the 1st game the Knights took on the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors and lost 4-2. The Warriors scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning to take a 3-0 lead. They added another run in the 5th inning to go ahead 4-0. The Knights battled back by scoring 2 runs in the 6th inning and stranded a runner at 3rd base, Kaitlin Holshlag, who started off the inning by getting a single. She moved to 2nd on Justine Nagle’s bunt single. Peyton Parker hit a double to score Holschlag. Kaylee Sherwood grounded out in the infield to score Nagle. Parker was stranded at 3rd. In the bottom of the 7th inning the Knights were able to get a runner on base and moved her to 3rd, but was not able to score as the final was 4-2. Getting hits in the game were Peyton Parker (2), Kaitlin Holschlag, Justine Nagel, Jordyn Nagle, and Ceirra Nolan. Peyton Parker pitched all 7 innings allowing 6 hits and striking out 2. Union committed 3 errors.
Marion 1, Union 0
In the 2nd game, after a 25 minute break, Union took on the Marion Indians in a pitcher’s duel by both teams with great defense being played. Both teams were only able to get 4 runners on base, until the 7th inning. Marion scored the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning with 2 outs. Peyton Parker pitched for the Knights allowing 5 hits while striking out 5. Union dropped to 13-12 for the season.