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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.

/sports

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

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    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

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

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

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*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 — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

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

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

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

Wrestling

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

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    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

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