Union’s softball Lady ’Cats earned their first trophy of the season Saturday in Kirkwood.
The Lady ’Cats finished second in the Cor Jesu Tournament, falling to Owasso, Okla., in the title contest, 10-0.
“Overall, we played well this weekend,” Union Head Coach Tiffany Poggas said. “The girls really came together and fought. It was so good to see and I’m so proud of them. They knew the Hillsboro game was not our best game. We worked on a lot at practice between that game and the tournament. They came out a little better prepared, physically and mentally.”
Union (2-3) went 2-2 in the two-day tournament. Union started Friday with a 9-2 win over Affton and then lost to the host Chargers, 3-2.
Starting Saturday, the Lady ’Cats ended pool play with a 10-5 win over Parkway North. When the tiebreakers were applied, Union was declared the pool winner.
The reward was a game with Owasso for the title. And the Oklahoma squad dominated for a 10-0 victory.
Union opened Four Rivers Conference play Tuesday at Hermann. The Lady ’Cats are scheduled to host Sullivan Thursday with the game starting at 4:30 p.m.
Union opened the tournament with a 9-2 win over Affton Friday.
The Lady ’Cats scored four times in the bottom of the third. Affton scored its two runs in the fourth. Union added two in the fifth and three additional runs in the sixth inning.
Kelsie Hardester went the distance for the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks. She struck out 14.
Caroline Dunne recorded three hits for Union while Sydney Eads, Kelsie Hardester and Amanda Downing each had two hits. Kaylee Bunch, Taylor Stroup and Kylie Hardester each had one hit.
Eads homered while Downing and Kelsie Hardester each doubled.
Kelsie Hardester and Downing walked.
Eads and Alyssa Bush each scored three times. Bunch scored twice and Hailey Earney crossed the plate once.
Downing drove in five runs. Dunne had two RBIs while Eads and Stroup each drove in one.
Host Cor Jesu broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning in Friday’s second game.
Union scored once in the top of the first, but the Chargers took the lead with two runs in the bottom of that inning. Union tied it with a run in the top of the sixth.
Kelsie Hardester again went the distance, taking the loss while allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits, a walk and a hit batter over 6.2 innings. She fanned nine.
Union recorded 11 hits, but struggled to push runners across the plate.
Kelsie Hardester had three hits while Eads and Adrianna Trenholm each had two. Downing, Emily Lowe, Stroup and Kylie Hardester each had one hit.
Trenholm doubled twice. Kelsie Hardester and Lowe also doubled.
Kelsie Hardester walked.
Eads and Skylar Sans Souci scored the runs. Downing and Kylie Hardester recorded the RBIs.
Union won a wild one to start play Saturday morning.
Each team scored once in the first inning. Parkway North took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third, but Union roared back with four runs in the bottom of that inning and five more in the fourth.
Parkway North scored its final three runs in the top of the sixth.
Kelsie Hardester again did the pitching for Union. She allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and one walk. She fanned seven.
Kelsie Hardester also led the offense with four hits. Downing, Dunne and Trenholm each had three. Bunch, Eads, Strop and Kylie Hardester had one hit apiece.
Downing tripled all three times. Kelsie Hardester and Trenholm had two doubles apiece. Dunne doubled once.
Stroup added a walk. Kylie Hardester was hit by a pitch while Bunch and Dunne stole bases.
Bush crossed the plate three times. Dunne and Earney each scored twice. Bunch, Eads and Stroup scored once.
Downing drove in four runs. Trenholm had two RBIs while Kelsie Hardester and Dunne each had one RBI.
In the title contest, the Oklahoma team dominated in the five-inning victory.
Owasso jumped on top with two runs in the second and added six more in the top of the third. The final two runs were scored in the top of the fifth inning.
Owasso outhit Union, 13-4 and Union made all three errors in the game.
Kelsie Hardester again pitched for Union and went all five innings. She allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on 13 hits and two walks.
Offensively, Dunne recorded two of the hits. Eads and Downing each had one hit.
Kelsie Hardester walked.