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Patriots stand tall in TEC

After splitting the doubleheader at Richmond last week, the Patriots came back on Saturday to beat Knightstown, 7-2 and 11-6 to keep their record clean (6-0) in the Tri-Eastern Conference race.

The Panthers dropped to 6-10 overall and 2-3 in the TEC.

The Richmond doubleheader resulted in a 16-4 Union County win and a 6-5 loss to the Red Devils.

The Patriots came back to sweep a doubleheader at Knightstown.

Joey Weller went the distance on the mound to pick up the 7-2 TEC win. The senior pitcher struck out seven, walked four and gave up six hits.

At the plate, Zander Kottka and Mook Shepler both hit doubles while Leighton Schulte had three RBI, Mason Miller and Nate Webb two each.

Dustin Freeman pitched three scoreless innings in the 11-6 win. The sophomore pitcher struck out five and issued three walks.

Jacob Stansberry, Cameron Donovan and Shepler led Union County with three hits each. Stansberry, Schulte, Donovan, Miller and Shepler had doubles to help secure the 11-6 win.

This week on election night at Bill Webb Field, the Patriots zipped Franklin County, 12-0, in 4-1/2 innings.

Next opponents

The Patriots are at the Big Cat Classic at Elwood this Saturday, May 12. UC plays Elwood in the first game at 10 a.m. Twin Lakes and Taylor play in the second game. The consolation game follows at 3 p.m. The championship game begins at 5:30 p.m.

UC returns home on Wednesday, May 16 to host Centerville and Milan on May 17.

Union County 100 225 6 - 16

Richmond 100 210 4 - 4

2B: UC- 5 (Schulte, Miller 3, Shepler).

3B: 2 (Kottka, Miller).

HR: UC 1 (Stansberry).

Batteries: UC-Kottka, Miller, Freeman and Webb. R-Clemens, Jones, Chaney, Vance.

Stolen Bases: UC 1 (Weller). R 5.

Union County 010 000 4 - 5

Richmond 001 012 2 - 6

2B: UC 2 (Weller, Schulte). R 2 (Smith).

3B: UC 1 (Donovan). R 1 (Sizemore).

Batteries: UC - Hartley, Freeman and Webb.

Stolen Bases: UC 1 (Webb). R 3 (Crowe, Smith, Stanley).

Union County 220 010 2 - 7

Knightstown 000 200 0 - 2

2B: UC 2 (Kottka, Shepler). K 1 (Cleek).

Batteries: UC - Weller and Webb.

Union County 000 045 2 - 11

Knightstown 220 002 0 - 6

2B: UC 5 (Stansberry, Schulte, Donovan, Miller, Shepler). K 1 (Newby).

3B: K 1 (Olivo).

Batteries: UC - Witter, Miller, Freeman and Webb.

Stolen Bases: K 2 (Porter, Olivo).