April 01, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

UNION Defensive errors cost Union dearly in its Wapiti League baseball opener Saturday.

The Bobcats committed 11 en route to a 19-1 home loss. The game lasted only five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

The second half of the doubleheader was canceled because of rain.

Shae Prince pitched a good game, but the defense wasnt there, Union coach Greg Poor said.

Union (2-4 overall, 0-1 league) tied the game 1-1 on a Lucas Maples first-inning home run, but the Bobcats fell behind 5-1 after the second inning.

Four errors in the third inning led to seven Nyssa runs that sealed the game.

We had errors in every inning except the fifth, but by then it was too late, Poor said.

Union hosts Stanfield Saturday in a non-league doubleheader before traveling to Pilot Rock for a single contest April 10.

Well have a chance to get some things changed before our next league game, Poor said.

Nyssa 147 43 19 12 0

Union 100 00 1 3 11

Holcomb, Kite (5) and Kite, Bair (5); Prince and Maples. WP Holcomb. LP Prince.

Union hits Maples, McReynolds, Maley. HR Maley. RBI Maples.

Joseph improves to 5-0

JOSEPH Joseph erased an early deficit to beat Weston-McEwen in non-league action Saturday.

Trailing 4-0, the hosting Eagles rallied to tie the game 5-5 in the third inning as Joseph beat the TigerScots 13-5 in five innings.

We came out really shaky in the first inning with mental mistakes, Joseph coach Dave Schmidt said. Then they put in a pitcher (in the third inning) who was quite talkative to our players.

Joseph (5-0) scored seven runs in the pivotal fourth inning.

Schmidt credited Tyler Nall for his pitching in the third and fourth innings. He did a great job for minimal innings of work.

Weston-McEwen won the junior varsity contest, 10-7.

On Wednesday, Joseph beat Stanfield 12-2 and 18-2 in non-league action. Baynes struck out 14 batters in five innings in the opening game.

Joseph suffered a setback Monday when it lost starting junior catcher Jeremy Dalton for the season. Dalton, who broke his wrist in a motorcycle accident.

The Eagles host Umatilla Thursday for a non-league game.

Elgin rained out

ELGIN Elgin lasted only two innings against Long Creek before rain forced the game to stop Saturday.

The Wapiti League home opener for the Huskies was postponed with the defending league champions ahead 9-0.

It was the bottom of the second inning with two outs, the bases loaded and Tyler Davis up to bat, Elgin coach Gordie Simons said.

It was both teams opening varsity action of the season.

Weather cooperating, Elgin will travel to Long Creek Tuesday to finish the game and complete the second contest.