Union County played two good games across the state line at the Dayton Dragons’ Day Air Ball Park on Saturday, May 22.

Seton Catholic got by the Patriots, 7-6, in the first game of the doubleheader, but UC came back with a 2-0 shutout over Cowan in the second game.
Seton 7, Union County 6

Union County led, 1-0, after the first inning and 2-0 after the fourth inning before Seton went ahead, 6-2, on six runs in the fifth inning. The Cardinals added another run in the sixth inning.

Trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, UC charged back with leadoff batter, Eric Burdine, reaching first when hit by pitch and courtesy runner Grady Swafford inserted at first base. Swafford stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball before a Mason Wicker RBI triple to left field. Mason Hornung’s single into left field scored Wicker and cut the lead to 7-4.

After a Seton pitching change (Moynihan for Leverton), Hornung went to second on a passed ball, Mason Tipton was walked and Noah Taylor was hit by pitch to fill the bases.

Then with one out and two on, a balk scored Hornung and runners moved to second and third. Blake Richards followed with a single that scored Tipton and brought Taylor to third.

UC filled the bases again with a walk to VanWinkle. John Ridenour hit into a fielder’s choice that stopped Taylor heading for home and stopped the Patriots’ sixth inning comeback.

Seton Catholic went down one, two, three in the top of the seventh inning. The Patriots put two runners on (Hornung and Bias) in the bottom of the inning, but fell short overall, 7-6.

Leverton was the winning pitcher with five runs on seven hits, eight strikeouts, and a walk. Moynihan finished the final two innings in relief.
UC pitcher Alex VanWinkle allowed six runs on six hits, five strikeouts and one walk in 4.2 innings. Relievers Matthew Wooley and Burdine finished on the mound.

Union County had eight hits with VanWinkle and Hornung leading with two hits each.

Pippinger, Falcone and Leverton led Seton with two hits each.
Seton 000 061 0 - 7
Union County 100 104 0 - 6
2B: SC 3 (Moynihan, Leverton, Pippenger). UC 1 (Hornung).
3B: UC 1 (Wicker).
RBI: SC 7 (Henry, Moynihan 3, Leverton, Pippinger, Casper). UC 5 (Bias, Burdine, Hornung, Richards, Wicker).
Union County 2, Cowan 0

Pitching was the name of the game in the second game at Day Air Ballpark last week.

The combined talents of pitchers Mason Hornung and Nate Reffitt led the Patriots to a 2-0 shutout of the Cowan Blackhawks.

Union County pitchers struck out five, while Cowan’s Landen Hiatt fanned seven.

The Pats scored one run in the first inning on Mason Wicker’s double that scored Eric Burdine. UC scored again in the third inning on Alex VanWinkle’s single, baserunning and completed the circle on an error.

Hornung got the win on the mound. He allowed two hits and zero runs over six innings and fanned five. Reffitt threw one inning in relief. Wicker led UC at the plate with two hits in three at bats.

Cowan pitcher Landon Hiatt allowed five hits and two runs while striking out seven and walking zero.
Cowan 000 000 0 - 0
Union County 101 000 x - 2
2B: UC 2 (Burdine, Wicker 2).
RBI: UC 1 (Wicker).
SB: C (Barton, King).