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Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2014 2:00 pm

Ryan Bailey’s team just keeps on winning.

The Union Post 297 Junior Legion baseball team improved to 13-2 on the season with a 5-2 win over Wentzville Post 323 on Wednesday at Union High School.

With the victory, Union won for the eighth time in nine games.

Union (13-2, 6-1) hosts a doubleheader with Elsberry on Sunday. Game one starts at 3 p.m.

Bailey said his team played well against a solid Wentzville squad. Post 323 entered the night with a 5-2 district record.

“It was a close, competitive game between two good teams,” Bailey said.

Bailey added his team’s defense was stellar.

“A few plays by Mike Wachter and Emmett Parker stood out to me as the difference in the game,” Bailey said. “Emmett played a very good shortstop and made every play that came his way. Two in particular were double play balls that he was able to field, step on second, and throw to first for the twin killing. One ended a Wentzville rally with no score in the top of the third, and the other took care of a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. On our turf Emmett is about as good as they come in attacking the ball and making the play. As our catcher, Mike was able to kill a Wentzville rally in the top of the sixth by throwing out a runner by at least four steps. It was a big momentum swing, as they had just scored and had runners on the corners. Both Emmett and Mike had good days for us and helped lead us to victory.”

Kendall Sheler went 3-3 with two RBIs to lead Union’s offense.

“Kendall Sheler had a good day at the plate,” Bailey said.  “We were only up one run when he got a base hit with the Wentzville infield drawn in. He was able to poke a base hit through the middle. He’s 6-6 our last two games and that’s big for his confidence. I was even happier to see him fight a curve ball off with two strikes, using skills that we talk about back during the high school season to get better results now. It’s good to see a guy have success and have a good approach at the plate where they work on things they’ve been taught. Kendall was a big bat for us on Wednesday when we needed one.”

Dillon Breeden and Drew Reed drove in one run apiece, Blake Pickard, Wachter and Breeden had one hit apiece, while Emmett Parker and Nick Eads both scored runs.

Union broke a scoreless tie by scoring one run in the third. The hosts added a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one more in the sixth. Wentzville’s runs came in the fifth and sixth.

Breeden’s single to right field drove in Wachter in the third.

“Our defensive play really stood out when their shortstop waited on a ground ball by Wachter and he was able to beat it out for a base hit in the bottom of the third,” Bailey said. “He later scored on a base hit by Dillon Breeden. Mike’s hustle is one of the great assets our team has and it directly led to our first run of the game and we never trailed.”

Reed’s fielder’s choice plated a run in the fourth to make it 2-0. After Post 323 got on the board in the top of the fifth, Union extended its lead in the bottom half. That’s when Sheler hit a two-run single, scoring Breeden and Eads. A balk by Wentzville allowed Union to score an insurance run in the sixth.

Reed earned the win with a solid pitching performance, going all seven innings on the mound for Post 297. He struck out seven, walked one, and allowed only one earned run.

“Drew Reed threw a very good game,” Bailey said. “With basketball and football camps this week, along with some vacations here and there, it’s always nice to get a complete game from your pitcher to help save your arms. Drew got ahead in counts the whole game and was able to get a lot of swings and misses throughout. The only time they scored was when Drew tried to do too much and made an error on a pick-off attempt that put a man in scoring position, and later when he balked a runner to third who scored on a ground out. He already is becoming a great high school pitcher, but once the game slows down for Drew he’ll be very tough to beat.”


Union was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Crocker on Thursday. The date was canceled. Bailey said Crocker’s fields were unplayable due to the recent rain.


Union and Cuba squared off on Monday, but the game was not finished due to rain. Only a few innings were completed. Bailey said he wasn’t sure if the game would be made up or not.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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.


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