MASON CITY - North Union split a pair of games in Mason City this past weekend. The Warriors lost 9-7 to Mason City and then came back to beat Kee, Lansing 4-3.
North Union's Sawyer Doocy started against Mason City when he suddenly struggled with three walks and two hit batters in the fourth inning. He took the loss after giving up nine earned runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Corey Vaske pitched three innings of relief, giving up no hits, runs or walks with two strikeouts.
The Warriors trailed 9-0 after four innings and began to rally with six of their 10 hits in the seventh inning, where they scored four runs. But Mason City held on for the victory.
At the plate for North Union, Cody Runksmeier was 3-5 with three RBIs; Colin Runksmeier was 3-5; Doocy was 2-5; Brandon Kollasch was 2-2; Jake Adams was 1-2 with an RBI; Jake Govern was 1-4 with two RBIs; Spencer Ricke was 1-5 with an RBI; Garrett Johnson was 1-3 and Alex Deitering was 1-4.
North Union again had to rally after falling behind 2-0 to Kee.
The Warriors took advantage of a two-out error, a hit-by-pitch, two walks and a passed ball to tie the game in the fourth inning.
In the sixth inning, Alex Deitering doubled and Kollascsh was hit by a pitch. Jake Govern bunted with all runners safe to load the bases. Jake Adams singled to score the go-ahead run and Cody Runksmeier was hit by a pitch to force in another run.
The Hawks got one run back in the top of the seventh before starter Johnson and the Warrior defense shut the door.
Johnson pitched all seven innings giving up three runs (two earned) on 10 hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Cody Runksmeier was 2-3 with an RBI while Govern was 1-1 with an RBI, Deitering and Adams each were 1-2 and Doocy was 1-4. Adams also had an RBI.
North Union (17-8 overall) was at Corwith-Wesley-Luverne for a doubleheader on Monday. The Warriors travel to Pocahontas today.