Lady 'Cats in Jamboree

Union's Jordan Thorpe drives the ball against Hermann during a softball jamboree in St. James.

Bill Battle

If efforts against Hermann and St. James can be taken as a sign, the Union softball Lady ’Cats are in midseason form.

Bill Juengel’s Lady ’Cats dominated jamboree contests against both Four Rivers Conference opponents Saturday in St. James.

Union defeated Hermann in its first scrimmage and rolled over St. James in the second.

The Lady ’Cats then tied with St. Clair, 0-0, in the third scrimmage.

“We were able to get all six of our pitchers in and collectively they gave up no runs and one walk for the day, which was a bright spot,” Juengel said.

Another positive was the fact the Lady ’Cats were able to get the entire roster into the games.

“We were able to get everyone in at some point in the games,” Juengel said.

Union also was able to move several players around to different positions. For example, senior Courtney Zweifel, expected to be one of Union’s key players, was able to see action at third base and center field.

For Union, the jamboree allowed the Lady ’Cats to have a chance to check everything prior to the season opener Thursday in Washington against Borgia. The game, at the Knights of Columbus Field, will start at 4:30 p.m.

While Union played in a jamboree, Borgia did not, so that should give the Lady ’Cats a little bit of an edge in having seen live competition before the start of the regular season.

The negatives about Saturday’s jamboree included slow play. Each scrimmage went three innings and the first scrimmage of the day, between St. James and St. Clair, pushed everything back. The Union-Hermann scrimmage added to the delay.

For Juengel, that meant missing the Cardinals-Braves game that evening. Juengel had an all-inclusive ticket to the game, which he had to give to a family member due to not being able to get finished in time.