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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games