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Hawks go 2-1 over busy week of play

The Hastings Hawks amateur baseball team found its way back into the winning column over the holiday weekend going 2-1. The two wins came courtesy of the Hawks offense as they were knocking the ball all around the field.  

On July 2, Hastings defeated the Eagan Bandits 10-5 and was victorious on Independence Day versus the Hampton Cardinals 6-5. Their sole loss over the weekend came on Sunday against the Cannon Falls Bears.

Versus Eagan, Hastings exchanged runs with the Bandits until the Hawks offense exploded in the seventh and eighth inning for five runs — propelling Hastings to the victory.

Kyle Fritz started on the mound and went six innings, struck out six and allowed four runs. Deryk Marks led the Hawks offense going 3-5 with a double and three RBIs.

Hastings has been on the wrong end of close games all year but in a matchup with Hampton the Hawks finished strong. The top of the eighth inning the game was tied 4-4 until Hastings drove in two and then held off a late Cardinals rally to win.

Marks started but left the mound after three innings due to injury. Andrew Flack relieved Marks and threw two innings, and Jose Velez pitched the final three innings and was credited with the win.

The Hawk’s bats stayed hot, this time sending two hits out of the park. Velez and Jaryd Marks both had two-run homers. Five other Hastings batters had hits in the contest.

The Hawks were a bit shorthanded on Sunday due to the holiday weekend Deryk Marks said, and Hastings lost to Cannon Falls 14-4.  Andrew Flack had four hits, Austin LaDoux and Spencer Diedrich each had three.

Hastings will look to bounce back quickly in a pivotal four game stretch this weekend.