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Warriors finish 2-1 weekend with a split

June 14, 2015
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

BUFALLO?CENTER, BANCROFT - North Union posted a 2-1 record over the weekend.

After edging North Iowa 4-3 on Friday, the Warriors split a doubleheader with St. Mary's of Remsen on Saturday, losing the first game 10-1 and winning the second 6-4.

In Friday's win over North Iowa, North Union broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth inning, when Alex Krantz hit a leadoff double, moved to third on the sacrifice bunt by Logan Hellman and scored when Tanner Doocy grounded out to first base.

The Warriors had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of an interference call, three walks and a Bison error.

Braden Ortman got the start for North Union and pitched just two innings as he gave up two runs (one earned) on two his with three strikeouts and five walks. Colin Runksmeier closed out the game. He gave up one unearned run on four hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.

At the plate, the Warriors had four hits. Krantz was 2-for-3 while Runksmeier and Doocy each went 1-for-4.

In Saturday's first game against St. Mary's, Krantz pitched six innings in the loss. He gave up 10 runs (seven earned) on 13 hits with three strikeouts and four walks.

Hunter Pierce pitched one inning and struck out two batters.

North Union managed eight hits led by Ryan Larson, who went 3-for-3. Runksmeier was 2-for-3 while Corey Vaske, Krantz and Doocy each had one hit.

In the second game, St. Mary's struck first with two runs, but the Warriors scored two runs each in the third, fifth and sixth innings before a seventh inning rally by Hawks netted two runs.

Parker Oleson picked up the win on the mound as he pitched six innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and four walks. Runksmeier closed out the game and gave up one earned run on one hit with one strikeout and two walks.

The Warriors had six hits. Vaske was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Runksmeier, Oleson, Krantz and Ortman each had a hit. Krantz and Larson each had an RBI.

North Union (9-5 overall) is home with a doubleheader against Bishop Garrigan this evening.

The Warriors are at St. Edmond of Fort Dodge on Tuesday and on the road against Newman Catholic in Mason City on Wednesday.



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