Hawks look to overcome adversity in coming week
The Hastings Hawks are struggling to find consistency in their Section 1B game play and with Mother Nature so far this season. So far, five of their scheduled contests have been canceled for weather related reasons. This has caused much rescheduling and headaches for a ball club that simply wants to play baseball. The headaches have continued for Hastings with their section gameplay. The Hawks have lost five games of section play thus far this season. Two of the losses are the result of near defeats from the Dundas Dukes. In another near loss, the the highly respected Miesville Mudhens defeated Hastings by only one run a few weeks ago.
The most recent section loss came this past Sunday as the Hawks traveled to Red Wing to take on the Aces. It took Red Wing seven innings to defeat Hastings as the final score read 11-1.
“The box score says it all,” manager Deryk Marks said. “We didn’t come ready to play.”
The Hawks came out in the first inning scoring the always important first run of the game, but the Hastings bats soon went dormant and Red Wing was able to bounce back reaching base hits with their first three batters. After three innings of play the Hawks found themselves down 7-1.
“It’s hard to win ball games if you can’t make routine plays,” Marks said. “It is also hard to play ball when you are trailing by six runs.”
Red Wing would add two more runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, and the game would be called with a final score of 11-1.
Hastings will look to start firing on all cylinders again in their two games this week. Game one will be a continuation of a game versus the Northfield Knights that was delayed due to the uncooperative weather. It will also be a chance for the Hawks to get a much-needed win in section play. The contest is currently in the top of the third with Hastings trailing 5-1. Game two will be a home matchup for the Hawks as the Coon Rapids Redbirds travel to Hastings for a 4 p.m. game.
“We are hoping to turn the momentum around in time for playoffs come the end of the month,” Marks said. “We definitely know that we can play with any team in our section, it’s just a matter of showing up and performing.”