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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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