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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:00 pm

A resurgence can be defined as a revival, recovery or comeback after a period of inactivity.

That definition fits the Union Post 297 Junior Legion baseball team perfectly.

After several years without a Legion team of its own, Union pieced together a squad once again this season.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve had a team, so it’s nice to be out here,” Union Manager Ryan Bailey said last week. “And it’s nice to have it be all Union kids. Hopefully we can keep building the program the next several years.”

It’s definitely been an impressive resurgence for Post 297, too.

Union enters the postseason with a 31-7 record. Post 297 is also on a 17-game winning streak.

“When we came into the season we thought we’d be decent,” Bailey said last week. “But it’s surprised us a little bit how well we’ve played. Where we’re at right now is pretty dang good. It’s really been a fun season.”

Union began the season by winning eight of nine games. The team was 12-2 before dropping four out of five in its only little slump.

“We hit a little bump in the road in the middle of the season (going 1-4), but that was the week when a lot of the guys had basketball camp,” Bailey said. “We were missing some guys and other guys were just tired.”

Since a June 18 loss to the Rawlings Tigers, Union has won 17 straight games.

With that, Post 297 has gone from a squad just wanting to gain some experience to a team that is one of the region’s best.

“Overall, we’ve been really happy with our team,” Bailey said. “Our pitching has been really good and our hitting has been a little up and down. But the guys have learned more about the game, too. And they’re getting 80 to 90 at-bats they might not have gotten in years past. That’s beneficial for sure.”

There’s still something to play for, as well. Union hopes to make some noise in the postseason.

Post 297 went 19-3 in Ninth District play, behind only Elsberry (20-2). This week’s district tourney will be hosted by New Haven and Washington.

“We’d like to do something,” Bailey said. “We’ve played good baseball. We like to think we can play with Elsberry and everyone else. We’re pretty confident.”

And no matter what happens in the postseason, Union has had a season to remember.

Of course, the Legion team’s resurgence should benefit the high school program, too.

“We’re going to have a lot of confidence going into the next high school season,” Bailey said.

Team Leaders

Union has received solid contributions from everyone in its lineup this season.

A look at Union’s season stats (before the final four games) shows that Nick Eads is leading the team in batting average at .368, while Ethan Hughes (.346), Blake Pickard (.324), Kendall Sheler (.292), Dillon Breeden (.286) and Justin Mentz (.283) are other top hitters. Eads and Pickard lead the team in hits (30 apiece), while Mentz, Nick Kretzler, Breeden, Sheler and Mike Wachter lead the team in RBIs. Eads, Wachter, Breeden and Emmett Parker are top run scorers.

As far as the pitching staff, Hughes has five wins, while Jerod Mattingly, Bobby Curnutte and Wachter all have four wins. Drew Reed has three wins and a 1.54 ERA, while Wachter has a 1.05 ERA. Others who have been key pitchers are Chris Griffin (1.29 ERA), Breeden (1.27) and Sheler (2.84 ERA).

Mattingly leads the staff in strikeouts with 39, while Wachter has 34 in only 20 innings. Sheler and Hughes both have 28 strikeouts apiece and Reed has recorded 25. Others who have contributed are Trenton Kranz, Tate Ball, Tanner Bunch and Kieran Watson.

The team has also been solid defensively, with Parker and Wachter up the middle, Eads at third, Sheler at first and Reed behind the plate. Pickard, Breeden and Kretzler have been mainstays in the outfield.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Softball

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington 7, Ft. Zumwalt S 2

North County 2, Union 1

Warrenton 16,  St. Clair 0

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Duchesne 7, Borgia 3

*Washington 4, Holt 2

*Pacific 15, St. Clair 0

*Owensville 7, New Haven 3

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

*Ft. Zumwalt East 8, Washington 7 (8 innings)

Pacific 11, Hermann 0

Valley Park 11, New Haven 1

Waynesville at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Borgia 16, Rosati-Kain 3

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Union 9, Sullivan 1  

Windsor 5, Pacific 3 

St. James at Linn    5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 27

Borgia 9, Clopton 1

Borgia 5, Silex 1

Montgomery County 11, Borgia 5

Owensville at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Borgia 8, Trinity 7

Washington at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Salem 15, St. Clair 0

Sullivan at De Soto    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Wright City    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Borgia at Union    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Rockwood Summit    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament

Washington def. Montgomery Co., 25-22, 25-14

Borgia def. Pacific, 25-13, 25-14

Washington def. Montgomery Co., 25-8, 25-14

Borgia def. Pacific, 25-13, 25-16

Pacific split with Montgomery Co., 25-9, 24-26

Borgia def. Washington, 25-16, 25-23

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament

Hermann def. Owensville 25-19, 25-10

New Haven def. Union, 25-15, 25-17

Union split with Hermann, 25-22, 12-25

New Haven def. Owensville, 25-9, 25-9

Union def. Owensville, 25-23, 25-22

New Haven def. Hermann, 25-21, 25-15

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Sullivan at Northwest    4:15 p.m.

*Jefferson def. ECC, 25-17, 25-18, 25-19

Thursday, Sept. 25

St. Clair def. Crystal City (Scores Unavailable)

Hermann Tournament

Consolation — Pacific def. Union, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20

Semifinal 1 — Borgia def. Hermann, 25-12, 25-20

Semifinal 2 — New Haven def. Washington, 23-25, 25-22, 26-24

Third-place match — Washington def. Hermann, 25-23, 25-15

Championship match — Borgia def. New Haven, 25-17, 25-23

Friday, Sept. 26

Crosspoint at Mississippi Valley    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

%Northeastern Oklahoma at ECC    10 a.m. (Seed Tournament)

%Longview at ECC    11:30 a.m.

%Cottey at ECC    2:30 p.m.

Owensville at Chamois Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Union at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Lafayette def. Borgia, 25-10, 25-15   

Washington at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair def. Bourbon, 25-12, 25-11

Cuba at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Rolla    5:30 p.m.

ECC at Rend Lake    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Eureka at Washington    5 p.m.

*Union at St. James    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Panthers Home School    5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro 3, Union 1

Washington 0, Bayless 0

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific 1, St. James 0

*Borgia 2, St. Dominic 0

CYC Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Warrenton at Sullivan    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*St. Charles at ECC    4 p.m.

Valley Park at Fulton SA    4:15 p.m.

#Thomas Jefferson at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m. (Pacific)

*Pacific 3, Union 0

Borgia 6, Sullivan 0

CYC Tny    TBA

Friday, Sept. 26

*Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Belle    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Mississippi Valley    4:30 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 27

CYC Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Northwest 2,  Pacific 1

*ECC at St. Louis (Florissant)    4:30 p.m.

*Duchesne 1, Borgia 0

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Fulton SA at John Burroughs JV    4:15 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    5 p.m.

Calvery Lutheran at St. James    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:15 p.m.

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Wednesday, Sept. 24

GAC Meet — Ft. Zumwalt S 355, Ft. Zumwalt N 414, Holt 439, Washington 460, Wentzville Liberty 474

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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