Hawks lose two tough games
Section game play has been a real struggle for the Hastings Hawks this season as they have lost their past four section 1B contests. The most current section defeat came from the hands of the Northfield Knights in a game that was hit with a rain delay, and the Hawks were forced to pick the action back up Tuesday night. They continued in the third inning as the Hawks trailed 5-1. The improvement of the weather failed to give Hastings any sort of boost, and Northfield scored another seven runs while the Hawks only were able to muster up one, and the Knights of Northfield completed the ten run rule to defeat the Hawks 12-2 in eight innings.
The bats simply did not come to play for Hastings as left fielder Jordan Jeske, and third basemen Austin Hebig were the only players to notch hits for the visiting Hawks. The work on the mound was split between Jeske, and Kyle Fritz.
Sunday afternoon the Coon Rapids Redbirds came to town on what was a hot, and steamy day to play baseball. The Hawks struggled early in the contest as the bases were loaded in the first inning. Hastings was able to find their way out of the jam though by only allowing one run to score. Defensively the home team was able to settle themselves down for two innings, but the Redbirds bats found their rhythm in the fourth inning when Coon Rapids added five more runs to the board, and in the end they defeated the Hawks 9-1.
Austin Hebig had an impressive base running performance as he ran like The Flash, and was able to steal four bases. The Hawks will be going head to head with the Cannon Falls Bears for a night game at Vets Park Wednesday night.