Hawks fall to 5-20 amid seven-game slide
The Hastings Hawks dropped their last three games to bring their record to 5-20 on the season and 3-12 in the Classic Cannon Valley. Hastings lost a barn burner to the Cannon Falls Bears 16-11 on July 19, were blown out by the Mudhens in Miesville 12-0 on July 21, and fell in a close game to the Austin Greyhounds at home 7-3 on July 23. The Hawks will most likely be the eight or nine seed in the playoffs and will have to play in the play-in game against the other bottom seed. The winner would then play a best-of-three series against the Mudhens.
Hastings traveled to Miesville hoping to avenge a 12-1 loss five days prior on their home field. However, the game quickly began to follow the same script as the first game. Miesville scored in five out of six innings as the Hawks were 10-runned in seven innings.
Cole Jernberg was the starting pitcher for Hastings and threw four innings where he allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 11 hits and two walks along with three strikeouts. He was relieved by Eric Weber who pitched two innings and gave up one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Hawks' batters struggled the entire game against Miesville's starter Steve Maher. The Hawks struck out 11 times against Maher and two more against reliever Lonnie Robinson. Adam Medlicott had two hits while Nick Horsch and Jaryd Marks each had one hit. Horsch and Marks each had a walk, but that was all the offense Hastings could muster.
The Hawks have one regular season game left against the Austin BlueSox on Friday, July 28, in Austin, as well as any makeup games that do not appear on the schedule. Section 1B playoffs begin Wednesday, Aug. 2, with the play-in game and then the first series start Friday, Aug. 4.