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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:15 pm

Two runs per game weren’t enough for the Union baseball Wildcats.

Union (0-2) opened the season Saturday in Rolla with a pair of losses. The Wildcats fell to host Rolla, 7-2, and to Russellville, 8-2.

“We played both games close for half the game, but our bats never really got going,” Union Head Coach Ryan Bailey said. “We need to improve in that area in order to score runs. We took too many strikes both early in the count and then to end the at bat with a strikeout looking. Nothing good happens from a strikeout so we’ll have to get better at putting the ball in play and learning the strike zone. We had so few baserunners we couldn’t even try to manufacture much offense.”

Union looks for its first victory of the season with another three-team event at Cuba Saturday. The event starts at 10 a.m. The third team is Greenville, Ill.

In the loss to Rolla, Union was limited to four hits in the game. The Wildcats had three hits in the loss to Russellville.

“There were a lot of areas where improvements need to be made,” Bailey said. “Whether with hitting, pitching, defense, or baserunning we have a ways to go in order to be playing our best baseball. We did play better during the second game, so we’re looking to keep improving and when our inexperienced players start to feel comfortable at the plate and in the field during a varsity game we’ll see where we stand.”

Union was hurt by errors in the Russellville game, committing five miscues. Against Rolla, Union made one error.

“We’re very inexperienced this year,” Bailey said. “We have two returning full-time starters and two players who started for the varsity toward the end of last season after we had some roster turnover. All the rest of our varsity and JV players have played very little if any varsity baseball, and many were on the freshman team last year or are freshmen this year. We’re looking for them to gain some experience here early on and show us what they can do and then hopefully we’ll find nine players that give us a shot to win.”

Bailey said the pitching has to improve as well.

“In the first game, Trey (Fink) made some bad decisions in the second inning and this caused his pitch count to get high and they started to hit him hard in the fourth and fifth innings. Avery (Griffin) didn’t give up many hits but he allowed too many base runners through walks and hit batsmen. We only had seven strikeouts from our pitching staff over two games, so when you allow 31 baserunners over that same amount of innings you’ve got to have more swings and misses to make up for that.”

In the game against Russellville, Russellville scored once in the top of the second, but Union rallied with two runs in the third. Russellville scored three in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Nick Schumaker doubled, scored and drove in a run.

Jacob Kreutz had a hit and one run.

Emmett Parker added a hit.

Blake Pickard and Nick Eads walked.

Fink pitched five innings and took the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits (three doubles), three walks and two hit batters. He struck out four.

Dillon Breeden went one inning and allowed a walk.

Drew Reed pitched one inning, allowing a hit while striking out one batter.

In the game against Rolla, the host Bulldogs scored twice in the first, but Union tied it in the third.

Rolla scored four times in the fourth and once in the sixth to win the game.

Dustin Griffin had two hits, including a double, and drove in both Union runs.

Pickard and Schumaker each had one hit and one run. Avery Griffin and Breeden walked.

Avery Griffin took the loss, going five innings while allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits (one double), five walks and one hit batter. He struck out one.

Keaton Groff relieved and allowed one run on two hits (one double) and one walk over one inning. He struck out one.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Oct. 3

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

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Softball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.

Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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