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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 6:32 pm | Updated: 7:25 pm, Sat May 10, 2014.

Trey Fink’s pitching performance and a six-run fourth inning propelled the Union High School baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Montgomery County Tuesday.

The win was the only one in three recent contests. Union (7-11, 4-3) fell Monday at Warrenton, 7-6, and Thursday against O’Fallon Christian, 8-6.

The Wildcats play twice in Columbia Saturday, facing Hickman at 10 a.m. and McCluer North after that.

Union has been seeded fifth for the upcoming district tournament at Pacific and will face Priory next Friday in the opener at 4 p.m.

Montgomery County

In the victory Tuesday, Fink limited Montgomery County to three hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked none to earn the win.

“Trey Fink has really stepped up and become the ace of our pitching staff,” Union Coach Ryan Bailey said. “He’s been impressive with his command of his curveball and ability to set that pitch up with his fastball. His curve was filthy tonight, and the batters from Montgomery County just didn’t have an answer to it. Once we gave him the big lead he was able to cruise to the victory.”

Union slapped out 13 hits.

“We did a nice job tonight of hitting with runners on base,” Bailey said. “Blake Pickard and Avery Griffin both hit the ball extremely hard, which was good to see. We still left some guys on base, but overall I thought we made some adjustments and drove runners home much better than we did Monday night in Warrenton.”

Pickard went 2-4 with three RBIs for Union, while Nick Eads had three hits and scored twice. Drew Reed, Griffin and Nick Schumaker all contributed two hits apiece. Nick Kretzler and Schumaker scored twice.

The Wildcats led 3-0 when they erupted for six runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Pickard hit a two-run double in the frame.

Montgomery County got three runs back, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, but Union’s lead was safe.

The Wildcats added an insurance run in the seventh for the final margin of victory over Montgomery County.

Warrenton

Scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Warrenton Warriors defeated Union in baseball action Monday, 7-6.

Warrenton trailed 6-4 going into the final inning before rallying for the victory. Corey Eckenfels singled home two runners with one out in the seventh to give the Warriors the victory.

“We’ve been on the good end of a few comeback wins this year so I guess we were due to lose a tough one,” Bailey said. “This one was definitely tough.”

Union took the lead with five runs in the third inning, 5-1. Emmett Parker, Schumaker, Pickard, Reed and Tanner Bunch scored in that frame.

Warrenton cut it to 5-4 with three runs in the bottom of the third.

Union added an insurance run in the top of the fifth to make it 6-4.

Reed had three hits and two RBIs for Union, while Parker added three hits. Avery Griffin, Dustin Griffin and Kretzler drove in one run apiece. The Wildcats had 10 hits in the game.

“We hit the ball tonight which is a positive since it’s been a problem for us most of the year,” Bailey said. “Anytime you get 10 hits in a game you have to be happy. However, we did leave nine guys on base and that came back to haunt us. We’ll have to work on putting the ball in play more when we have guys in scoring position.”

Keaton Groff pitched for Union, going 2.1 innings and allowing two earned runs. He struck out three.

“I thought Keaton came in and was pitching great,” Bailey said. “A couple of seeing-eye singles put runners on and then he kept the ball away from their hitters who were pull-happy all night. Unfortunately, the pitches just got away from the catcher and gave them a chance. We hit the ball, fielded the ball, and threw strikes. In the end, it just came down to they got the better of us on the scoreboard.”

O’Fallon Christian

Union’s rally attempt Thursday fell short as the Wildcats lost to O’Fallon Christian, 8-6.

Christian scored once in the first, but the Wildcats came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

O’Fallon Christian tied it in the third and took a 3-2 lead in the fourth. The Eagles blew the game open with five runs in the fifth.

Union rallied with two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Curtis Bergner led Union with two doubles, one run and an RBI.

Pickard, Schumaker, Groff, Reed and Fink also had hits. Schumaker and Reed doubled.

Schumaker and Trenton Kranz each scored twice. Griffin and Pickard drove in two runs apiece.

On the hill, Bergner, Griffin, Groff, Ethan Hughes and Jerod Mattingly took turns pitching for the Wildcats.

Bergner went three innings, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out one.

Griffin pitched a scoreless inning with one walk and one strikeout.

Groff allowed an unearned run on two hits.

Hughes went two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks.

Mattlingly pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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