The Hastings Hawks went 3-1 over their four game stretch this past Memorial Day weekend. The Hawks won their first game of the weekend when they defeated the St. Paul Mudhens, 10-0, in eight innings of play.
The Hawks offense was led by shortstop Andy Sammon, who recorded two hits on three at bats and three RBIs. Left fielder Jose Velez had one hit at four at bats, but he made the most of the hit by bringing in two runs. The Hawks had four other batters record hits. Those players were Deryk Marks, Jordan Jeske, Greg Campbell and Austin Hebig.
Taylor Beattie was on the mound for the Hawks. Beattie pitched seven scoreless innings for the Hawks, and picked up the victory that improved his record this season to 2-0. Beattie allowed only four hits in the game, and struck out three.
Beattie would be relieved by Marks in the eighth inning. Marks went on to strike out two of the three batters he faced, and ended the contest.
The Hawks won their second game of the weekend versus Highland Park 11-1. The win marked two consecutive games that the Hawks were able to defeat a team via the 10-run rule. The Hawks continued to ride the momentum of their strong pitching, and this time it was Jordan Jeske who took charge of the mound for the Hawks by allowing only one run on seven hits. He also earned five strikeouts and only walked four batters. Jeske pitched all seven innings, and now has a record of 1-0 on the season.
The Hawks offense picked up right where it left off by scoring six runs early in the second inning. After a quiet third inning the Hawks picked up four more runs in the fourth, and closed the game out in the sixth inning with one more run. The Hawks recorded 12 hits from eight different batters. Several batters had big days for the Hawks. Second baseman Wes Hedlund had three hits at three at bats, and three RBIs. Jeske's impact at the plate mirrored that of his pitching performance as he earned two hits at three at bats, and drove in three runners. Right fielder Taylor
Beattie had two hits at two at bats, and one RBI.
The bats would cool down for the Hawks when they traveled to Dundas to face off against their Section 1B opponent. The Hawks' Deryk Marks would find himself in a pitching duel as the Hawks fell to the Dukes by only one run with a final score of 2-1. Marks pitched a complete game in which he earned four strikeouts and walked just one batter.
The Hawks scored first when left fielder Jordan Jeske was able to bring in the Hawks lone run of the game. The Hawks lead would last two innings, when the Dukes were able to score two runs in the sixth inning. The Hawks could not get their bats going in the final three innings, and they went on to lose the close matchup.
The weekend ended for the Hawks on a Memorial day afternoon game at Veterans Park. The Hawks hosted the Lake City Serpents. Hastings once again jumped out to a quick start taking a 2-1 lead in the second inning. Lake City would regain the lead by the end of the fifth inning. The Hawks then answered back with a one-run sixth inning, and two runs in the seventh to take a 5-3 lead. Hastings was able to defend their lead by only allowing one run in the eighth. The game ended in Hastings favor with a score of 5-4. Pitcher Jose Velez picked up the win for the Hawks. He recorded eight strikeouts while only allowing four runs. Nick Horsch notched the save for Hastings.
First baseman Andrew Flack had two hits with four at bats, and drove in two runs. Other Hawks that had at least RBI include, Andy Sammon, Austin La Doux and Beau Jernberg.
The Hawks are now 6-2 in regular season play.