Hens, Hawks series tied at 1-1Hastings won the first game of the series on Friday night in Miesville, 8-5.
By: Chad Richardson, The Hastings Star-Gazette
Hastings won the first game of the series on Friday night in Miesville, 8-5.
Barta was the winning Hastings pitcher. He threw 8 1/3 innings before being relieved by Mark Moriarty.
Hastings scored two runs in the second inning after Pat Kelly, Jordy Horsch, Jake Swartout and David Vogelgesang all singled.
In the fifth inning, Steve Krashaar reached on an error and advanced to third on a hit by Brandon Peterson. Krashaar scored on an error.
Hastings scored again in the sixth after hits by Jordy Horsch, Swartout and Vogelgesang, giving the Hawks a 4-0 lead.
In the seventh, Andy Salmela singled, Derrick Pfeffer reached on an error and Aaron Gretz singled, knocking in Salmela. Jordy Horsch singled, knocking in pinch-runner Ryan Hackel.
In the ninth, Hastings added two more runs. Pfeffer doubled, Gretz walked and both advanced and scored an a few errors and a walk.
Miesville added its runs in the ninth inning.
Miesville committed seven errors in the game.
"It was nice getting out to an early lead,” Barta said. “Miesville made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes and we were able to capatilize. (Chris) Olean did a very good job keeping them in the game through the seventh. He made pitches when he needed to, but we were able to grind a couple of at-bats out and earn some key hits."
Miesville won on Sunday, 13-3.
Moriarty started on the mound for Hastings. He threw three innings, then was relieved by Pfeffer. Vogelgesang pitched the seventh inning for Hastings.
"It seemed like a good start, but we dug ourselves into a hole a bit early in the game,” Barta said. “ Mark didn't have his best stuff and we got him out quickly. Dustin and Pfeffer are capable of winning big games and they pitched well enough to keep us in it. We didn't play incredibly good defense after the fifth."
The game was stopped after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.
Miesville played much better defensively on Sunday, committing just one error.
“The big thing is we played good defense today,” Miesville player/manager Garrett Retka said.
Pat Kelly and Andy Salmela each hit home runs for Hastings.
Erik Olson got the win on the mound for Miesville. He threw seven innings, struck out three, walked one and allowed five hits.
Nate Otto went 4-for-4 with four runs. David Olson had two hits and two RBI for the Mudhens.
Rain halted a close game in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday. Miesville was leading, 5-4, but Hastings had runners on first and third with only one out.
The teams will resume the game Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Veteran’s Park in Hastings. They will play the next game following that final half inning.