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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 5:45 pm

Make it nine straight victories for the Union softball Lady ’Cats.

The winning streak continued for Union (11-3, 4-0) with Four Rivers Conference home wins Tuesday over St. Clair 10-2 and Thursday over Owensville, 9-0.

Union-St. Clair

Union held the lead throughout the game in the win over St. Clair (3-10, 1-2).

“I thought that we finally hit the ball hard toward the end of the game,” Union Head Coach Bill Juengel said. “We got some good pitching and the defense played well.”

Union had 11 hits in the win and were able to capitalize on defensive errors by the Lady Bulldogs to improve to 3-0 in FRC games. St. Clair drops to 1-2 in FRC action.

“We are still learning to piece everything together and now that we have reached the halfway point, we hopefully will start putting things together,” St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck said. “It is tough right now because we do not get a lot of practice time to work on our issues and we just have to go through the game process and improve as we see situations. Our girls are smart and tough and we will get better as we head down the stretch to end the season.”

The Lady ’Cats also had a strong outing from Sheena Carroll, who pitched the complete game for the win.

She allowed two earned runs on four hits in her seven innings of work. She threw five strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter.

“What she needs to do is, sometimes she lets the ball get up a little bit, but if she keeps the ball down she’s a whole lot better,” Juengel said. “Her strength also is that she doesn’t walk anybody. I mean she gives up very few walks and that’s a good thing for us.”

The Lady ’Cats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Jordan Thorpe hit a sacrifice fly to score Kayla Kelly and a sacrifice bunt from Sam Wickes scored Jerica Reeser.

After Courtney Zweifel was walked and stole second, Shelby Miller hit a double to center field to score Zweifel.

Zweifel and Miller added to Union’s lead in the fourth. Zweifel hit a two-out double to center and was driven in by Miller’s single to center to make it 4-1.

Megan Altemueller hit a single to left center. She stole second and advanced to third when the ball was thrown into the outfield. Kelly flied out to center to score Altemueller.

Union scored five runs in the sixth. Zweifel bunted with runners on and a throwing error to first allowed her to advance to third, driving in two.

A single by Kirsten Dierberg scored Zweifel. St. Clair robbed Altemueller of an extra base hit with a catch in left-center field. The Lady Bulldogs gave up two more hits and a sacrifice fly to allow Union to make it 10-1.

Zweifel was 3-3 with two doubles and a stolen base. Miller was 2-4 with a double and an RBI.

Kelly had two hits, including a double, drove in three runs and had a stolen base. Wickes had a hit and an RBI. Reeser drew one walk.

Altemueller had a hit, a walk, a stolen base and scored.

Dierberg had a hit, a walk, one RBI and scored. Thorpe had an RBI, was walked and scored. Tara Nolkemper had a single and scored. Hannah Nowak had a stolen base. Reeser drew one walk and scored.

Karissa Hoffman got St. Clair on the board in the third. With runners on second and third, Hoffman hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Stephanie Stradford. Stradford also had a hit in the loss.

Brittany Rogers hit a two-out double in the top of the seventh inning to score Sarah Hinson who had reached base after being hit by a pitch. Rogers recorded the final out of the game when she was tagged out in a rundown between second and third. Hinson also had a double.  

“One of the problems we’ve got right now is just our swings are kind of out of whack,” Hauck said. “We know we’re better hitters than what we are, but we just haven’t been able to put good contact on the ball the way we should and we had a couple opportunities and we ran into some poor baserunning decisions that cost us a little bit of an advantage.

“Experience came back to bite us a little bit toward the end, just young girls made some mistakes for us and they were able to capitalize,” Hauck said. “Our pitching struggles at times and that was another thing that they just kind of gained the advantage on.”

Tori Martin pitched for the Lady Bulldogs, allowing four earned runs on seven hits. She walked five batters and struck out two.

Union-Owensville

Union’s seven-run fourth inning proved to be the difference Thursday in a 9-0 FRC win over Owensville.

The Lady ’Cats also scored twice in the fifth to make it 9-0.

Janna Ruether went the distance in the circle, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out seven.

Dierberg led the way with two hits, one run and three RBIs.

Miller doubled, walked, scored and drove in two runs.

Kelly had Union’s other hit, a single.

Union took advantage of 11 walks. Wickes and Zweifel each walked twice, scored twice and drove in one run. Altemueller also walked twice.

Reeser and Ruether each walked once and scored once.

St. Clair’s Thursday FRC game at St. James was rained out and rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25.

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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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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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