Hawks go 1-3 over four games
The Hastings Hawks had a difficult schedule of games this past week as the team went 1-3 in their past four games. On Wednesday the River Falls Fighting Fish hit the road for the border battle. The River Falls offense was firing on all cylinders right from the start as they jumped to an early 6-0 lead after two innings of play, and the Hawks were never able to recover as they lost the matchup 11-3. The Hawks offense was only able to muster five hits. Two of the hits came from Andy Sammon. Jordan Jeske, Nick Horsch and Deryk Marks each had hits for Hastings as well. The Hawks had four different pitchers see action in the contest. Spencer Diedrich got the start. He went two innings, giving up six runs. Also seeing time out of the bullpen were Jeske, Kyle Fritz and Andrew Flack.
The weekend started for the Hawks with a home game against the Dundas Dukes. The Hawks and Dukes have a history as they are Section 1B opponents, and Hastings lost the first match up with Dundas this year in a close game a few weeks ago.
"It was a rematch of a tightly contested game from two weeks ago", manager Deryk Marks said. "This was an important game."
Hastings came out swinging and they got up early leading the game 4-0 after two innings of play. The lead failed to last for the Hawks, though, as Hastings bats cooled down and the Dukes caught fire, notching two runs in the fourth and a run in the fifth inning. Dundas scored two more in the eighth, and that would prove to be the final score as the Hawks lost a close one, 5-4. Jose Velez pitched a strong game for Hastings, throwing for six innings and only allowing three runs. At the plate, Marks led the way with a three-hit performance, while Drew Benson, Diedrich and Velez each recorded two hits. The loss moved the Hawks to 1-3 in section play thus far this season.
Saturday the Hawks would head west for a two-game road trip, and their first opponent was the New London-Spicer Twins. The game would turn out to be a pitching duel as the undefeated Taylor Beattie took the mound. The bats failed to give Beattie much help, though, and the Hawks lost the game, 2-1. Beattie was able to go the distance for Hastings giving up only six hits and two runs to the Twins. Despite the lack of offense, Horsch, Jeske and Marks were all able to scrounge up doubles in the game.
The Hawks found themselves in a Saturday night fight with the Atwater Chuckers, and Hastings came out on top with a final score of 6-2. Kyle Fritz made his Hawk debut on the mound and he was able to go the distance as he threw all nine innings, while only giving up one earned run. At the plate it was Marks again who helped the Hawks offense get rolling. He had three hits on four at-bats and four RBIs. Jordy Horsch also collected three hits, and Flack chipped in with two hits as well.
Hastings will take the field next against the Miesville Mudhens in what is a pivotal section game for the Hawks.