After intense matches at home Thursday night, the Union Spartans defeated the Princeton Bulldogs in baseball, 10-9, but lost a shutout games in softball, 16-0, and soccer, 6-0.
“It feels good to win,” said Union’s baseball coach Douglas Burley. “I told my boys I liked how they fought till the end, even when tied up. It was a good game by both teams. Princeton is a well-coached ball team — they have some good boys.”
In baseball, Union held a strong lead for much of the game. By the halfway point of the third inning, Union was leading 6-3 and by the inning’s end that lead had risen to 8-3. This put the Spartans at a five-point advantage over the Bulldogs heading into the fourth inning but this game soon become a fight for the lead.
While Union held the lead still, it shrunk to 8-4. As the two teams fought, Union soon felt the gap closing as the score reached 8-7. Even as the Spartans rose the gap again to 9-7 it wasn’t long before the Bulldogs were hot on their heels.
With the game tying by the end of the sixth at 9-9, the Spartans were up to bat. While the Bulldogs’ defense held strong, the Spartans scored the run they needed clenching the victory.
There were hits aplenty for the home team with Juan Garcia and Matthew Ballance both going 3-for-5. The remaining hits came from Nick Hopkins, Tyler Murphy and Cole Bass, who had two eachCameron B. urley, Britt Burley and Jacob Poole added one apiece. Bass and both Burleys each tallied an RBI.
The win brings the Spartan men to 6-7 overall and 3-4 in conference.
Softball and Soccer
Over in softball, the Spartans were having a tougher time. Despite some impressive pitching and improved teamwork, they were completely shut out by the Bulldogs and the game ended after the fifth inning, 16-0.
“Regardless what the score says, my girls did much better tonight,” said Union’s softball coach Megan Pierce, “especially my pitcher McKenzie Taylor. Overall as a team, they’ve come a long way.”
In soccer, Union also showed great improvement, seeming to improve each game but just can’t bring it together. They lost to Princeton, 6-0.
The losses continue the winless seasons for both teams, with softball at 0-8 and soccer at 0-9.
Union will have a chance to continue a winning streak in baseball while searching for the first wins in soccer and softball at Rosewood on Tuesday.
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