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April 17, 2013

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NEW CASTLE — The offense was clicking for the Union High baseball team against Aliquippa.

A hitting barrage, including four first-inning runs, propelled the host Scotties to a WPIAL Section 3-A victory, 10-0.

“We jumped on them early and hit the ball hard in the first inning and got up 4-0,” Union coach Mark Stanley said. “We kind of cruised from there.”

Union (3-2 section, 3-3 overall) bounced back from an 8-0 loss to Western Beaver earlier in the week, exploding for 10 hits.  

Drew Robinson and Devan Schuller each recorded a triple in the first to get things going for the Scotties. Robinson slapped two hits while Schuller and Jacob Jendrysik recorded a team-high two RBIs each.   

“Drew’s been swinging a good bat and hitting the ball for us,” Stanley said. “He made good contact and was able to drive some deep.”

Anthony Rush (1-0) was making his first varsity start, having spent time as a reliever this season, allowing just one hit and striking out seven through five. The game ended after the fifth because of the mercy rule.

“Rush was throwing strikes and doing his job,” Stanley said. “That’s the main thing we wanted to see in how he reacts under pressure, and he did a nice job. For his first time out as a starter, we were happy with that.”

The Scotties have  developed a pattern this season, following a loss with a win. They have yet to go on a winning streak or a losing streak.

“A win is a win at any point,” Stanley said. “Going against Aliquippa, we got our sticks going and got a little bit of confidence.”

Union will rededicate the baseball field, Jim Fee Field, Saturday before its section game against Quigley Catholic. The ceremony will start at 10:45 a.m. and the game is set to start at 11 a.m.

Fee’s great granddaughter, Ariel Junkin, will throw out the first pitch. Junkin is the starting pitcher on the Lady Scots’ softball team.

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