By Co-Head Coach Robert Driscol
Despite losing key players to injury, senior first baseman/pitcher Bo Bader and junior shortstop/pitcher Brady Driscol, the Union Knights were able to get contribution from several players in an opening day sweep of Wapsie Valley 10-2 and 2-1. Junior Alex Barz and senior Ted Tecklenburg led the way.
In game one, Wapsie struck first scoring one in the first inning. Union responded with two of their own in the bottom half when freshman Derek Holschlag reached on a single, stole second and scored on a Tecklenburg double. Tecklenburg later scored on a passed ball. Union scored a lone run in the second when sophomore Bryon Sells was hit by a pitch and later scored on a ground out by freshman Jacob Higgins. The fourth inning resulted in the Knights’ biggest inning as they scored four runs by junior Justin Carey, Tecklenburg, Sells, and Higgins with Carey and Tecklenburg having RBI singles in the inning. The Knights would tack on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Carey, Holschlag, and Barz would cross the plate.
Holschlag led the way with three hits, Carey added two of his own and Tecklenburg, Barz, and Kiler all had hits.
While the offense was producing runs, junior Alex Barz was holding the Wapsie Valley hitters at bay. The junior right hander opened up his season with a complete game scattering six hits, striking out seven, walking two and hitting two batters.