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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 7:00 pm

For over six innings, the Union baseball Wildcats played catch-up against the North County Raiders.

At the right moment, Union (3-5, 2-1) came through to win Wednesday’s baseball contest, 7-6.

Union entered the bottom of the final frame down 6-5.

But, with one out, Blake Pickard singled and Avery Griffin tripled. Mike Wachter, running for Pickard, crossed the plate on the play.

North County intentionally walked Dillon Breeden and Nick Schumaker to set up a force situation. Nick Eads came through with a single to bring Griffin home with the winning run.

“This was an important win for our team,” Union Head Coach Ryan Bailey said. “We started off a little rough tonight but we battled through and learned a little about ourselves. We fought hard the whole game and after some early mistakes, we played pretty much mistake-free the rest of the way. We were able to work the count, get some timely hits, steal bases, get down bunts, and do countless little things that need to be done to win games. I’m very proud of our team.”

Bailey said the win was about much more than just the game-winning rally.

“It gets lost in a walk-off win with clutch hits by Blake Pickard, Avery Griffin and Nick Eads, but our bullpen did a great job of coming in and shutting North County down for the final two innings,” Bailey said. “Curtis Bergner came into a tough spot, down three with a runner in scoring position and only one out. He struck out their cleanup hitter and got a weak grounder to first base from the next batter.”

Bergner relieved starter Drew Reed and pitched through the end of the sixth inning. He struck out one.

Reed went 5.1 innings, allowing six runs (two earned) on eight hits and four walks. He struck out two.

Breeden was the winning pitcher, fanning two in the final inning.

“Dillon Breeden was able to get the win by coming in and throwing strikes and getting us back in the dugout quick with a little momentum to try and win the game,” Bailey said. “Those two (Bergner and Breeden) really stepped up for the team.”

North County opened with one run in the first and three in the second. Union responded with one run in the bottom of the second and two in the third. North County added another run in the fourth and one in the top of the sixth before the Wildcats rallied.

Union scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and twice in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.

Union had nine hits in the game and three batters came through with six of those hits.

Griffin posted two hits, including a triple, with two runs and an RBI. Schumaker had two hits, one walk and one run. Reed had two hits and scored a run.

Pickard, Tanner Bunch and Eads had the other hits.

Bunch sacrificed and drove in a run. Eads walked, sacrificed and drove in a run.

Breeden walked twice and scored once.


Union’s last-inning heroics continued Thursday during Four Rivers Conference action against Hermann. Union scored in the top of the eighth to beat the Bearcats, 5-4.

Hermann took the lead with two runs in the third, but Union came back with two in the fourth. Hermann scored twice in the fifth and Union tied it in the top of the sixth.

Bunch singled home courtesy runner Nick Kretzler, in for Hughes, for the winning run.

“Tanner Bunch had a great ending to this game,” Bailey said. “He got the hit that scored the tying run in the sixth inning and then got the game-winning hit in the eighth. He also made the last out in the field on a hard ground ball to his left. That’s the kind of day at the ballpark that will put a smile on a kid’s face as he falls asleep at night.”

Bunch ended with two hits and two RBIs.

Schumaker had two hits, one run, one RBI, two stolen bases and was hit by a pitch.

“Nick Schumaker has really been hitting the ball well and he had a good game tonight,” Bailey said. He had two singles with a run and RBI. He also had a couple steals, one of home to cut the lead to one in the sixth inning. Defensively, he robbed Hermann of an extra base hit in the first on a running grab in center and then doubled up the runner who thought it was down. Overall, a very good game by a senior — exactly what you need in a close conference game.”

Reed also had two hits.

Eads and Griffin had one hit apiece. Hughes walked twice. Skyler Wilmesher stole two bases and scored twice.

On the hill, Keaton Groff started and lasted three innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, two walks and one hit batter. He fanned four.

Mattingly relieved and went two innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out one.

Fink pitched the final three innings, striking out four.

“Our pitching stats for the first five innings won’t look great, but Groff and Mattingly kept us in the game when they didn’t have their best stuff,” Bailey said. “That’s all you can ask from a teammate in an important conference game. When Fink came in he was on top of his game and when we fielded the ball behind him I liked our chances.”


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 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.


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