Continuing a turnaround trend, the Union baseball Wildcats rolled to an 11-1 win at Owensville Thursday afternoon.
Union (5-5, 3-1) plays Washington Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon.
Next week, the Wildcats visit Farmington Wednesday, play Sullivan in Four Rivers Conference action at GCS Ballpark in Sauget Friday at 5 p.m. and go to Pacific Monday, April 28.
“Our schedule gets really tough over the next two weeks,” Union Head Coach Ryan Bailey said. “We’ve worked hard to get this four-game win streak, and we’ll have to work even harder to win a few of these games coming up, starting with the Washington game on Saturday. One thing about our team is that they do work hard so I’m excited to see if we can find a way to get some wins over this next stretch.’’
In Thursday’s game, Union set the tone with four runs in the first. The Wildcats added two in the third and four in the fourth. Owensville scored in the fifth and the Wildcats added the last run in the top of the seventh.
Trey Fink pitched for Union, allowing one run on five hits and two walks. He struck out nine.
“Trey Fink threw a great game,” Bailey said. “His curve was on and he moved the ball in and out and up and down effectively with his fastball. By the time he took the mound we had a four-run lead and it was smooth sailing from there. He could just fill up the zone with strikes and let his defense work behind him.’’
Offensively, Ethan Hughes, Drew Reed and Nick Schumaker each had two hits.
Nick Eads, Avery Griffin, Tanner Bunch and Jacob Kreutz had one hit each.
Kreutz drove in three and Hughes plated two. Eads scored three times with Hughes, Schumaker and Dillon Breeden each scoring twice
“We has some guys really hit the ball hard yesterday,” Bailey said. “Nick Schumaker hit the ball hard all four times at the plate, getting two hits out of those at bats. Nick Eads also had a couple of really hard hit balls that drove in some runs. The more guys we can get to take good at bats in advantage counts the better off we’ll be.’’