Hastings Hawks still stuck in slump
The Hastings Hawks are in a slump that is becoming trickier to get out of as the losses continue to pile up. The team has lost their past seven games, and have not been fortunate enough to be on the receiving side of any positive breaks.
The week started with the Cannon Falls Bears coming to town with hopes of dishing out some payback to the hometown Hawks. Hastings defeated the Bears two weeks ago with a score of 3-1. Cannon Falls would be successful in their quest for revenge though, and went on to defeat the Hawks 8-3. Hastings was down early in the matchup as the Bears were able to capture a three-run lead by the third inning. Hastings would start a small rally, and was able to score two runs in the third. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Cannon Falls managed to swing right back, scoring two runs in both the fifth, and sixth innings. They would add one more run in the eighth, and that would be the end of the action as the final score read 8-3 in favor of the visiting Bears.
Three different pitchers took the mound for Hastings, and they were only able to muster up four strikeouts between them. Offensively Jordan Jeske had two hits on four at bats, and Jordy Horsch was able to have himself a nice day recording three hits on five at bats.
Hastings found themselves in a similar situation for the next game as the team traveled to Lake City to take on the Serpents. This was a rematch of a game played in May that Hastings won 5-4. Lake City was able to follow in the footsteps of Cannon Falls and make up for a loss from earlier in the season. Much like the game prior to this, the Hawks found themselves down three runs early in the contest, and were never able to complete a comeback. The Hawks were shutout until the seventh when they were able to put together a solid inning of work by notching two runs. The defense held strong after the first inning by not allowing another run, but the bats of the Hawks left the tying run on third base in the ninth, and Hastings ended up losing 3-2.
Brandon Morgan, and Drew Benson were able to squeak out two hits, and Deryk Marks, Spencer Diedrich, Jordy Horsch, and Nick Horsch each got one hit.
The Hawks found themselves in another tightly contested, and very winnable matchup in the next game versus the Blaine Fusion. This game took eleven innings to find a winner, and once again the Hawks could not find the break they needed to secure the win.
“We had our chances to win the game numerous times, but we were not able to get that key hit,” manager Deryk Marks said.
Hastings lost the contest six to three. Jose Velez threw lights out on the mound for ten innings, and he was able to strike out five batters. Nick Horsch, Diedrich, and Jordy Horsch all had RBIs for the Hawks.
The week concluded with a game versus the Miesville Mudhens. Both teams combined for an impressive 30 hits as it was not a fun day to be a pitcher at the Miesville ballpark Sunday afternoon. The teams had 15 hits each, but the similarities ended there as the Hawks were only able to bring in six runs on their 15 hits, while the Mudhens were able to get 11 runners across the plate.
Marks lead offensively by going four for five, and having three RBIs with a double. Andrew Flack and Nick Horsch both had two hit days as well. The Hawks will be in take on the Elko Express next in what will prove to be a significant Section game for Hastings.