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Hawks win close game in Cannon Falls

The Hastings Hawks have a record of 11-6-1 this year after defeating the Cannon Falls Bears Wednesday night with a final score of 3-1. The Bears, who have eight wins this year, played host to the Hawks as both teams were looking to rebound from losses in their previous games.

The Hawks came out to a slow start in the contest but, luckily for Hastings, the Bears failed to take advantage of the Hawks offense that laid in slumber until the sixth inning. The bats finally rose for Hastings, as they were able to get on the board with one run. After a quiet seventh inning from both clubs, Cannon Falls tied up the game with a run in the eighth. With the game now tied, the Hawks would look to take the lead in the top of the ninth. Hastings found themselves down to their final out when Jordan Jeske came to the plate with game winning aspirations. Jeske did not disappoint. He was able to rise to the occasion with a two run double that put the Hawks up 3-1. The Hastings defense led by pitcher Deryk Marks did not let the Bears back into it, and Hastings won the game. Marks went the distance for the Hawks, and earned the win while giving up only five hits, and striking out seven batters. Colin Coan and Andy Sammon also had multiple hits.

The Hawks have three games this week, all of them away. They play Lake City Wednesday, Northfield on Friday, and neighboring Red Wing Sunday. The Hawks hope to make a jump in the Conference standings with wins in these upcoming games.