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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 2:45 pm

There have been three common themes so far for the Union baseball Wildcats.

Both games so far have been played in Phelps County.

Union has scored eight runs in each outing.

And both have ended in Union victories.

The Wildcats won 8-2 Monday at St. James in their Four Rivers Conference opener.

“We grinded out a conference win, so I’m proud of the guys,” said Union Head Coach Ryan Bailey. “We looked like a team that hadn’t played in two weeks and had been on a long spring break, but our at-bats improved throughout the game and we kept working hard to get a quality win.”

In Monday’s game, Union scored in the top of the first, but allowed St. James to come back with two runs in the bottom of that frame.

That was it for the Tigers though.

Union added two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and four final runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Jordan Weaks was the winning pitcher, going the distance. He allowed two runs on four hits and five walks. Weaks fanned 14 St. James batters.

“I joke with Jordan that I expect a lot of him — I think I’m almost as tough on him as I am on my sons,” Bailey said. “He threw a four-hitter with 14 strikeouts and I think my heartbeat never went below 300 beats per minute most of the night. He’s struggled with letting the leadoff hitter each inning get on base, which always makes for an interesting time, but he’s good enough to get our team out of those situations and our defense played a solid game to help him out of some jams.”

Offensively, the standout was Devon Fennessey. He recorded four hits, two of which were doubles. He scored twice, drove in four and added a stolen base.

“Devon Fennessey had a very good game,” Bailey said. “He put the ball in play for all five of his at-bats, and his only at bat without a hit was a hard groundball to third that resulted in an error. We struggled at the plate for most of the night, but he picked our whole lineup up with some big hits until some other guys got their bats working.”

Brendan Burgess and Drew Juengel had two hits apiece. Burgess scored and drove in a run. Juengel scored twice and walked.

“Brendan Burgess had a big at-bat in the fourth inning,” Bailey said. “He gave us some breathing room with a line drive single to score Nick Schumaker on a hitter’s count. When guys execute in a big situation it really picks the team up to see someone do what they are supposed to do.”

Aldwin Fleer and Weaks posted one hit each. Fleer scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base. Weaks doubled, drove in one and walked.

Dillen Myers walked twice. Ashton Dehn drew one walk.

“We’re getting production from lots of different players,” Bailey said. “Drew Juengel has been taking good at bats and had two hits Tuesday night. Aldwin Fleer has been taking good cuts at the plate and had a nice two-out RBI to give us some breathing room against St. James. Emmett Parker plays shortstop when Weaks is pitching and after making a mental error on a double play ball, he settled himself down and made a good play on the next batter to give us a chance to end the inning and we got out of it unscathed. All of those contributions allowed us to get the win against St. James.”

For St. James, Justin Ray, Jake Ford, Jake Gleason and Elye Rogers each had one hit.

Ford doubled and drove in both runs. Rogers also doubled and scored. Drew Lahnman scored once.

Rogers drew two walks. Zach Dean, Lahnman and Nathan Strait walked once.

Ford took the loss. He went five innings while allowing four unearned runs on four hits and five walks. He fanned three.

Dean pitched 1.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out two.

Cody Miller pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one batter.

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Baseball

Monday, April 14

Washington at Pacific, PPD

North County at St. Clair, PPD

Union 5, Waynesville 3

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 4, Washington 2

Cuba 7, St. Clair 1

*Pacific 14, Owensville 0

Wednesday, April 16

Borgia 11, Kennedy 1

Lutheran S 6, Washington 0

Thursday, April 17

*Union 11, Owensville 1

*New Haven 5, St. Clair 4

*Pacific 5, St. James 4

Saturday, April 19

Washington 5, Union 1

Girls Soccer

Monday, April 14

Washington 5, Borgia 3

*Union 12, St. James 0

*Sullivan 1, Owensville 0 (2 OT)

Tuesday, April 15

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

*Union 10, Owensville 0

Thursday, April 17

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt S 1 (PKs)

Union 10, North County 0

St. Clair 3, Maplewood 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Friday, April 18

Washington 2, Sullivan 1

Ritenour 2, St. Clair 0 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 19

Cape Girardeau Central 3, St. Clair 2 (Hillsboro Tny)

Golf

Monday, April 14

*Washington 176, Holt 179 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 42)

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 209, Kennedy 250 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

*Pacific/Sullivan at St. Clair, 4 p.m.

*Hermann at Union, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16

Wash at FZS Tny, TBA

Thursday, April 17

Warrenton Tny, 8 a.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 15

Union Relays (Winners: B-Potosi 101; G-Washington 119)

Saturday, April 19

Washington at Kirkwood    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 9

Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-19, 25-16

Thursday, April 10

Seckman def. Borgia, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13

College Softball

Wednesday, April 16

*ECC split with St. Charles

Thursday, April 17

*ECC split with St. Louis

*Conference Games

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