June 5 & 6 in West Union/North Fayette Tournament

By Todd Parker


The Union Knights softball team traveled to West Union for the North Fayette Valley Tournament on Friday, June 5 and started the tournament off right with a 5-3 win over a solid Dyersville Beckman team.  The Blazers, who play in tough WaMac-East Conference, scored 1 run in the first inning on two singles and an error to take an early 1-0 lead.  The Knights answered right back in the bottom of the 1st inning scoring when Kaitlin Holschlag singled, went to 2nd on a passed ball, and scored on a Peyton Parker single.  The Knights defense was able to hold Blazers in the 2nd inning and scored another run to take a 2-1 lead.  Cierra Nolan singled, advanced to 2nd on Haylee Keune’s single, went to third on Kaitlin Holschlag’s bunt single, and scored on Hailee Brown’s fielder’s choice grounder.  In the 4th inning Union added to their lead by scoring 3 more runs to take a 5-1 lead.  In the inning pinch hitter Tia Renaud singled, Justine Nagel came back in as a runner and advanced to 2nd on a Kaitlin Holschlag single.  Peyton Parker came up to bat and drove a triple over the right fielder’s head to score Nagel and Holschlag.  Beckman kept the game close by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to make the score 5-3.  The Knights tough defense stood up to the test at the end of the game in the 7th inning when Cierra Nolan made a diving catch near the 1st base line to end the game and strand 2 runners that were on base.  Union scored 5 runs on 10 hits and had 2 errors enduring very windy game conditions.  Dyersville scored 3 runs on 7 hits and had 0 errors.   Pitcher Peyton Parker struck out 3, allowed 7 hits and walked none.   The offense was led by Kaitlin Holschlag who had 4 hits, while Cierra Nolan and Peyton Parker had 2 hits apiece.  Jordyn Nagel and Haylee Keune each had 1 hit.  The Knight’s record moves to 5-1 on the year.


After a game off rest, the Union Knights soft ball team were back on the field at the North Fayette Tournament and defeated the Edgewood-Colesburg Vikings 14-1 in 4 innings.  It was the Knights best offensive game of the year.  In the first inning the Knights put three runners on base, but they were not able to get any of them to score.  In the bottom of the 1st inning the Vikings scored 1 run on a walk and 2 singles to take an early 1-0 lead.  In the 2nd inning the Knights scored 11 runs off 11 hits and 2 walks while 16 batters came to the plate.  Getting hits in the inning were Justine Nagel (single and double), Haylee Keune(2 singles), Kaitlin Holschlag, Hailee Brown, Peyton Parker, Jordyn Nagel, Cierra Nolan (triple), Ashley Carey, and Tia Renaud.  Getting walks were Kaitlin Holschlag and Tia Renaud.  The third inning brought 2 more runners on base, but they could not score.  Leading 11-1 in the 4th inning Peyton Parker ended the game with a 3 run triple scoring Renaud, Holschlag, and Brown.  Every Knight player that started had at least 1 hit in the game with Holschlag and Parker having 3 hits each, while Brown, Nolan, Jus. Nagel, Carey, and Keune had 2 hits each.  The Knights scored 14 runs on 18 hits and committed 2 errors.  The Vikings scored 1 run on 2 hits and committed 0 errors.  Pitcher Peyton Parker struck out 4, allowed 2 hits and walked 1 in 4 innings.    Union went 2-0 on the day and are now 6-1 overall on the year.


Day 2 of the North Fayette Tournament more good softball for the Union Knights team as they won their first game of the day on Saturday, June 6 over the Starmont Stars 5-3.  Union started off the scoring with 2 runs in the first inning when Kaitlin Holschlag doubled and scored on Hailee Brown’s double.  She then scored on Kaylee Sherwood’s ground out to second.  The Knights held a 2-0 lead until the 4th inning when the Stars scored 2 runs to tie the game.  Union answered right back with 2 of their own as Hailee Brown reached on base by error and scored on Peyton Parker’s double.  Parker then went to third and then also scored on back to back passed balls.  In the bottom of the 5th inning the Stars scored 1 run to make it 4-3.  Union added an insurance run in the top of the 6th inning when a Justine Nagel singled, advanced to 2nd on Ashley Carey’s sacrifice bunt and scored when Kaitlin Holschlag reached on base by error to make it 5-3.  The Knights played good defense as they held Starmont scoreless the last 2 innings.   The Knights scored 5 runs on 8 hits and committed 2 errors.  The Stars scored 3 runs on 5 hits and committed 1 error.   Pitcher Peyton Parker struck out a season high 13 batters, allowed 5 hits and walked 1.    Union moved to 7-1 overall on the year, 1-0 on the day and 3-0 for the tournament.


After a short break the Union Knights softball team the took the field for their 4th  game in 2 days, and 6th game in 4 days, at the North Fayette Tournament and defeated the Maquoketa Valley Wildcats 4-1.  The Knights scored in the top of the 1st inning when Peyton Parker singled, advanced to 2nd on Kaylee Sherwood’s single and scored on Jordyn Nagel’s base hit single.  In the 3rd inning, Union scored another run to make it 2-0 when Kaitlin Holschlag reached 1st base on a bunt single, went to 2nd base on a passed ball, and scored on Kaylee Sherwood’s base hot single.  The Knights added another run in the 5th inning to take a 3-0 lead as Kaitlin Holschlag singled and scored on Hailee Brown’s double.   In the 6th inning the Knights took a 4-0 lead as they scored 1 run when Justine Nagel singles, moved to 2nd on a bunt single by Cierra Nolan, and scored on  Haylee Keune’s, single.  The Wildcats were able to score 1 run in the 7th inning to make the final score 4-1.  The Knights hitting leaders were Kaitlin Holschlag with 3 singles, Kaylee Sherwood and Justine Nagel had 2 hits a piece, Hailee Keune had a double and getting singles were Jordyn Nagel, Peyton Parker, Cierra Nolan, and Haylee Keune.  The Knights scored 4 runs, on 12 hits, and committed 1 error.   The defense allowed only 3 base runners the entire game and backed up pitcher Peyton Parker who struck out 7 batters, allowed 2 hits and walked none.  Union moved to 8-1 overall on the year, 2-0 on the day and 4-0 for the tournament.