North Union struggles through tough week
BANCROFT – North Union has had a busy week without much success prior to the Fourth of July holiday.
At a tournament in Granville last Friday and Saturday, June 27-28, the Warriors lost 8-1 to Sioux Center and 3-1 against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley.
On Monday, North Union notched its only win of the week as it split a doubleheader with Harris-Lake Park, a 13-7 loss and an 8-7, eight-inning victory. On Tuesday, the Warriors fell 10-0 in five innings to Humboldt.
North Union (10-14) wraps up the regular season next week with a doubleheader against Sheffield at West Fork on Monday, at Pocahontas on Tuesday, at Forest City on Wednesday and at Manson-Northwest Webster on Thursday.
Wildcats wallop Warriors
HUMBOLDT – The hits were scarce for North Union against Humboldt on Tuesday. The Warriors best chance to score came in the second inning after Parker Oleson was hit by a pitch and Logan Hellman drew a walk. A sacrifice by Braden Ortman moved the runners. Oleson was thrown out trying to go home. The Warriors only had two other runners reach second base the rest of the game.
Meanwhile Humboldt finished with 11 hits, nine off starter Colin Runksmeier and two off Trent Pedersen. Runksmeier pitched 3 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking none. Pedersen gave up one walk with no strikeouts.
At the plate, North Union finished with four hits-one each by Cody Runksmeier, Colin Runksmeier, Oleson and Hellman.
LAKE PARK – With facilities in Bancroft suffering from wet conditions, this doubleheader moved to Lake Park on Monday.
The Warriors got off to a rough start as the home team in the first game with H-LP jumping out to a 6-2 lead after two innings. The Warriors cut the deficit to one, 7-6, with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. That run included a leadoff double by Alex Krantz, a single by Parker Oleson with a run scoring on a balk by the H-LP pitcher. With one out, Carter Engelby drew a walk and Ryan Larson singled in a run. After a single by Cody Runksmeier, Larson also scored in the inning.
But the Warriors were outscored 6-1 over the final three innings.
Cody Runksmeier took the loss leaving after one and two-thirds innings after giving up five runs (three earned) on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Oleson pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Corey Vaske pitched two innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on two hits with one strikeout and two walks. Trent Pedersen pitched an inning giving up one earned run on two hits with one strikeout.
North Union finished with 11 hits-one each by Cody Runksmeier, Colin Runksmeier, Krantz, Oleson, Carter Engelby, Eythan Blair and Riley Bauer.
H-LP’s Jordan Kyle pitched a complete game giving up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.
In the second game, The Warriors led 7-5 after four innings, but the Wolves scored a run each in the next two innings.
After a scoreless seventh inning, H-LP got a base runner as Brady VanIperen was hit by a pitch with one out. But after a sacrifice bunt, VanIperen was thrown out trying to reach third base.’
North Union went to work in the bottom of the inning as No. 9 batter Ryan Larson led off with a single. Cody Runksmeier reached on a bunt single with Colin Runksmeier drawing a walk to load the bases. Another walk to Spencer Ricke scored the game-winning run.
Krantz started on the mound and went 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Colin Runksmeier earned the win, giving up no hits with four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.
North Union finished with 10 hits with Cody Runksmeier, Ricke, Vaske and Larson each with two. Ricke and Vaske each had two RBIs. Colin Runksmeier and Braden Ortman each had a hit.
Sioux Center pulls away from NU
GRANVILLE – North Union mustered just five hits and one run in an 8-1 loss to Sioux Center at the tournament in Granville on Friday, June 27.
Corey Vaske pitched six innings and gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Cody Runksmeier was 2-4 while Colin Runksmeier, Spencer Ricke and Parker Oleson each were 1-3. Colin Runksmeier had the lone RBI.
On Saturday at the tournament, North Union scored its lone run in the top of the first inning against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, with the Nighthawks answered in the bottom of the inning and scratching out runs in the third and sixth innings.
Colin Runksmeier pitched all six innings giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
The Warriors mustered just four hits-one each by Colin Runksmeier, Spencer Ricke, Parker Oleson and Riley Bauer. Ricke had the lone RBI.