By Todd Parker

The Union Knights softball team capped off the 2014 season with four players named to NICL East All-Conference teams. The Knights finished with an overall record of 12-16, 10-11 in the conference, tying for third place behind Waterloo Columbus and Denver.
Senior Raini Hilmer was named to the second team, as a utility player. Hilmer’s versatility allowed her to play five different positions for the Knights. She batted .316 and led the team with seven doubles. In addition to stealing six bases without being caught, she had nine runs batted in for the season.
Also named to the Second Team was freshman pitcher Peyton Parker. In 143 innings pitched, she had a 2.62 earned run average, a 10-12 record and one save. Parker struck out 89 batters, walking just 20. A tough out at the plate, she batted .323 with six doubles and 12 RBIs. In 90 at-bats, Parker struck out just three times.
Freshman outfielder Maggie Driscol was the third Union player earning Second Team All-Conference honors. Driscol’s acrobatic catches and .955 fielding percentage anchored the Knights’ outfield. Driscol was also a catalyst for the Knights’ offense, batting .318 in the lead-off position. She led the team with 28 hits, collected 13 RBIs, and was 7 for 7 in stolen bases.
Senior outfielder Jess Bohnstengel was an Honorable Mention selection. She batted .321, with four doubles, nine RBIs and five stolen bases.
Union’s three seniors, Hilmer, Bohnstengel and Lauren Barz, were honored for their contributions to the program at the team’s season celebration event. In addition to earning Academic All-Conference recognition, the trio served as positive role models for what was a very young Union softball team this season.