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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 6:32 pm | Updated: 7:25 pm, Sat May 10, 2014.

Trey Fink’s pitching performance and a six-run fourth inning propelled the Union High School baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Montgomery County Tuesday.

The win was the only one in three recent contests. Union (7-11, 4-3) fell Monday at Warrenton, 7-6, and Thursday against O’Fallon Christian, 8-6.

The Wildcats play twice in Columbia Saturday, facing Hickman at 10 a.m. and McCluer North after that.

Union has been seeded fifth for the upcoming district tournament at Pacific and will face Priory next Friday in the opener at 4 p.m.

Montgomery County

In the victory Tuesday, Fink limited Montgomery County to three hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked none to earn the win.

“Trey Fink has really stepped up and become the ace of our pitching staff,” Union Coach Ryan Bailey said. “He’s been impressive with his command of his curveball and ability to set that pitch up with his fastball. His curve was filthy tonight, and the batters from Montgomery County just didn’t have an answer to it. Once we gave him the big lead he was able to cruise to the victory.”

Union slapped out 13 hits.

“We did a nice job tonight of hitting with runners on base,” Bailey said. “Blake Pickard and Avery Griffin both hit the ball extremely hard, which was good to see. We still left some guys on base, but overall I thought we made some adjustments and drove runners home much better than we did Monday night in Warrenton.”

Pickard went 2-4 with three RBIs for Union, while Nick Eads had three hits and scored twice. Drew Reed, Griffin and Nick Schumaker all contributed two hits apiece. Nick Kretzler and Schumaker scored twice.

The Wildcats led 3-0 when they erupted for six runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Pickard hit a two-run double in the frame.

Montgomery County got three runs back, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, but Union’s lead was safe.

The Wildcats added an insurance run in the seventh for the final margin of victory over Montgomery County.

Warrenton

Scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Warrenton Warriors defeated Union in baseball action Monday, 7-6.

Warrenton trailed 6-4 going into the final inning before rallying for the victory. Corey Eckenfels singled home two runners with one out in the seventh to give the Warriors the victory.

“We’ve been on the good end of a few comeback wins this year so I guess we were due to lose a tough one,” Bailey said. “This one was definitely tough.”

Union took the lead with five runs in the third inning, 5-1. Emmett Parker, Schumaker, Pickard, Reed and Tanner Bunch scored in that frame.

Warrenton cut it to 5-4 with three runs in the bottom of the third.

Union added an insurance run in the top of the fifth to make it 6-4.

Reed had three hits and two RBIs for Union, while Parker added three hits. Avery Griffin, Dustin Griffin and Kretzler drove in one run apiece. The Wildcats had 10 hits in the game.

“We hit the ball tonight which is a positive since it’s been a problem for us most of the year,” Bailey said. “Anytime you get 10 hits in a game you have to be happy. However, we did leave nine guys on base and that came back to haunt us. We’ll have to work on putting the ball in play more when we have guys in scoring position.”

Keaton Groff pitched for Union, going 2.1 innings and allowing two earned runs. He struck out three.

“I thought Keaton came in and was pitching great,” Bailey said. “A couple of seeing-eye singles put runners on and then he kept the ball away from their hitters who were pull-happy all night. Unfortunately, the pitches just got away from the catcher and gave them a chance. We hit the ball, fielded the ball, and threw strikes. In the end, it just came down to they got the better of us on the scoreboard.”

O’Fallon Christian

Union’s rally attempt Thursday fell short as the Wildcats lost to O’Fallon Christian, 8-6.

Christian scored once in the first, but the Wildcats came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

O’Fallon Christian tied it in the third and took a 3-2 lead in the fourth. The Eagles blew the game open with five runs in the fifth.

Union rallied with two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Curtis Bergner led Union with two doubles, one run and an RBI.

Pickard, Schumaker, Groff, Reed and Fink also had hits. Schumaker and Reed doubled.

Schumaker and Trenton Kranz each scored twice. Griffin and Pickard drove in two runs apiece.

On the hill, Bergner, Griffin, Groff, Ethan Hughes and Jerod Mattingly took turns pitching for the Wildcats.

Bergner went three innings, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out one.

Griffin pitched a scoreless inning with one walk and one strikeout.

Groff allowed an unearned run on two hits.

Hughes went two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks.

Mattlingly pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

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

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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