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Hastings Hawks lose close game to Rochester Royals 8-7

The Hastings Hawks fell in a close game to the Rochester Royals at Veterans Park 8-7 on July 1. While the Hawks trailed for much of the game, they were able to mount a comeback to tie the game at seven apiece, however the Royals were able to score one last run in the seventh to win the game.

Mat Nicklay once again got the start for Hastings. He pitched five innings, gave up six runs on six hits, but it was his five walks that really hurt. Nicklay also struck out four.

Cole Jernberg came in to relieve Nicklay in the sixth and was in line for the win had the Hawks pulled it off after they tied the game in the sixth. Jernberg threw four innings, gave up two runs (none earned) on three hits and a walk, and received the loss. Also hurting the Hawks were five errors in the field which accounted for two runs and helped extend innings.

The Royals started the game by scoring one in the first and three in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Hastings scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth after Spencer Diedrich walked, Cole Benson had a RBI single and Adam Medlicott added an RBI double.

Rochester scored two more runs in the top of the sixth to lead 6-2. The Hawks cut that lead to 6-3 after an RBI single by Cody Leflay. The Royals extended their lead to 7-2 in the sixth but Hastings was able to rally to tie the game.

Medlicott led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, followed by an Eric Weber walk. Weber was thrown out at second on a grounder and fielder's choice by John Peterson. Dennis Reinhart and Jernberg both had RBI singles, which were followed up by a two-RBI double courtesy of Leflay.

The Royals scored one more run in the seventh to win the game 8-7. The winning pitcher for the Royals was McKeon. Jernberg, Leflay, Diedrich, Benson and Medlicott all had two hits for Hastings. Leflay led the team with three RBI and Reinhart had two runs scored.

Hastings traveled to Hampton on the Fourth of July, then host the Austin BlueSox on Saturday, July 8, and travel to Red Wing on Sunday, July 9.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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