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June 1, 2015 at La Porte City

Union 1, Marion 0

Alex Barz powered the Knights at the plate and on the rubber Friday, willing the Knights to a 1-0 victory over Marion. The Knights were led by Alex Barz’s hitting. Alex Barz went 2-3. He doubled in the fifth inning and singled in the seventh inning. Alex Barz handled Marion’s lineup with ease, racking up three strikeouts. The Knights’ pitcher tossed five innings of shutout ball and allowed only four hits. Brady Driscol recorded the win for Knights. He pitched two shutout innings. Driscol struck out three, walked none and gave up two hits. Owen Carstenson took the loss for Marion. He lasted just six innings, walked one, struck out two, and allowed one run. The lone run of the game for Knights crossed the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Cael Lambe which scored Drisol who led off the inning with a single.

Marion 12, Union 6

Despite a big day at the dish from Brady Driscol, who finished 3-4, Knights lost 12-6 in Game 2 to Marion. Two of the Knights’ runs were scored thanks to timely hitting by Driscol. He singled in the first, second, and seventh innings. Bobby Vanderlind recorded the win for Marion. He allowed one run over four innings. He struck out two, walked two and surrendered one hit. Cael Lambe was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed nine runs in 5 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out four. Marion jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first. A single by Owen Carstenson, scoring Maverick Miller started the inning off. Marion added more runs when Carstenson scored on an RBI double by Vanderlind and Kray and Vanderlind scored on a two-run single by Mitch Wiese. The Knights got one-run boosts in each of the first, fourth and seventh. In the first, Knights scored on an RBI double by Alex Barz, bringing home Driscol. Marion never trailed after scoring four runs in the sixth on two singles. After pushing across one run in the bottom of the seventh, the Knights faced just a 12-6 deficit. A wild pitch sparked the Knights’ rally. David Kuhn got the last out, on a Union strikeout.