ALGONA - North Union (1-1) suffered its first loss of the season as Bishop Garrigan defeated the Warriors 4-3 on Thursday.
North Union jumped out to 2-0 lead in the first inning as Cody Runksmeier led off the game with a double. Spencer Ricke hit a one-out single and both runs scored on a two-out double by Alex Krantz.
Garrigan didn't score until the fourth when the Bears put together four straight hits and scored three runs.
The Warriors tied the game in the top of the fifth as Carter Engelby drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on a groundout by Cody Runksmeier and scored on a bunt by Colin Runksmeier.
But a North Union error in the bottom of the sixth allowed Garrigan to score the go-ahead run. Garrigan's Reece Wadle took the mound in the seventh and shut the door on the Warriors, striking out two and walking one.
Cody Runksmeier took the loss as he gave up four earned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
North Union finished with five hits with Spencer Ricke going 2-3 while Krantz and Colin Runksmeier each went 1-3 and Cody Runksmeier was 1-4.
Warriors pound Cardinals
GARNER - After two nights of rain spoiled kept North Union from starting its season, the Warriors finally took the field on Wednesday with a vengeance in opening the 2014 season with a 10-1 victory over Garner-Hayfield/Ventura.
North Union went through 10 batters in the second inning while scoring four runs, but left the bases loaded. The Warriors had just one hit in the inning by Cody Runkemeier while taking advantage of one GH/V error, four walks and a hit batter.
A three-run third inning included a two-RBI double by Colin Runksmeier as the Warriors led 7-0. The visitors added one run each in the final three innings.
North Union finished with 13 hits with Cody Runksmeier going 3-4 with four RBIs. Spencer Ricke, Corey Vaske and Braden Ortman each went 2-4 with an RBI while Colin Runksmeier, Ryan Larson, Logan Hellman and Carter Engelby each had one hit.
Vaske pitched four innings of one-hit baseball in earning the win. He finished with nine strikeouts and three walks. Alex Krantz closed out the game giving up one earned run on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks in three innings of work.