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Warriors rally for a 6-5 victory

June 21, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

MANLY - After giving up a grand slam home run in the first inning, North Union settled down to limit the Panthers to just one more run while rallying for a 6-5 victory.

Garrett Johnson earned the win as he pitched five innings and gave up four unearned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Corey Vaske entered in the sixth and gave up one earned run on one hit with two walks and no strikeouts. Colin Runksmeier then took over and pitched 1 2/3 innings. He struck out the first two batters in the seventh inning before giving up consecutive walks.

Sawyer Doocy completed the victory and got the save as he struck out the final Central Springs batter.

Offensively, North Union scored three runs in the fourth and three in the sixth to take the lead.

Central Springs walked five batters in the fourth inning and also committed an error as the Warriors scored all three runs without a hit.

In the sixth inning, Jake Govern and Jake Adams led off with consecutive singles. Cody Runksmeier laid down the sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third with Govern scoring when Colin Runksmeier grounded out to second. A passed ball allowed Adams to score.

With two outs, Doocy doubled to left-center field then Spencer Ricke drew a walk, Garrett Johnson was hit by a pitch and Alex Deitering drew a walk before the hosts finally got out of the inning.

North Union had six hits with Adams going 2-3 with an RBI and Colin Runksmeier going 2-4 with two RBIs. Doocy was 1-3 and Ricke was 1-4.

North Union (11-5 overall) was in Spalding Friday and Saturday taking on St. Mary's Remsen on Friday and Spalding Catholic on Saturday.

The Warriors are at Harris-Lake Park for a doubleheader on Monday.



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