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Hawks win big, then lose close game to Mudhens

The Hastings Hawks baseball team split their two games this week and now have a record of 10-6-1. The Hawks traveled to Randolph on Sunday afternoon to take on the Railcats in a contest that found the Hawks dominate both the plate and the mound as Hastings beat Randolph, 10-0.

The Hawks started the game with a strong two run effort in the first inning, and the bats never cooled down as Hastings even notched a grand slam in the seventh inning. Jordan Jeske got the start on the mound, and he pitched a very impressive game as he threw a seven-inning shutout, while only allowing two hits, and he struck out six. The red-hot bats of the Hawks were led by Deryk Marks, who had three hits on five at bats, including a homerun and an impressive six RBIs. Jordy Horsch was a thief on the bases as he was able to steal two bags. The entire Hastings lineup drew eleven walks in the contest.

Monday the Hawks hosted a Section 1B opponent when the Miesville Mudhens made the trip to Vets Park. The matchup would quickly turn into a pitching duel as both starters pitched five scoreless innings. Hawks pitcher Kyle Fritz pitched a stellar seven innings, and struck out seven batters while only allowing one earned run. Jose Velez would come in for relief duties, and though he only allowed one earned run as well the Hawks offense could not help their pitcher out as the stingy Miesville defense didn’t let up another run after the sixth inning. The Hawks would go on to lose the game in a tight one, as the final score read 2-1. Marks had the lone RBI in the game for Hastings. His run scored off a well-hit ball that secured Marks a double. Both Jordy Horsch, and Nick Horsch had a hit in the contest, but the strong pitching of the Mudhens only allowed three hits the entire game, and the Hawks suffered a tough section loss as a result.

Hastings will be in action again when they travel to Cannon Falls for a Wednesday night matchup against the Bears.