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Hawks fall to Aces in playoff battle

Playoff baseball is under way for the Hastings Hawks as they are in a best-of-three series with the Red Wing Aces. Game one proved to be a closely contested game, but the Hawks weren’t able to pull out the win. 

Jose Velez started on the mound for the Hawks and threw a nice game, giving Hastings plenty of opportunities to win. In the end, though, it would be multiple defensive miscues and several two-out hits that plagued the Hawks.

The Hawks came ready for some playoff baseball, as the game was tied at 2-2 in the third inning. Brandon Morgan supplied the power in the Hawks’ efforts to tie the game as he sent a pitch over the left field fence in the third. From that point on, though, Red Wing would step on the gas and never look back. Red Wing scored four runs between the fifth and eighth innings, and Hastings could only muster up one more run through the rest of the game. The Hawks did have one final surge in the eighth inning as they had baserunners on first and third with nobody out, but the rally stalled. Ultimately, the Hawks lost game one of their playoff series with a final score of 6-3.

Velez was able to only give up five earned runs, and he struck out seven batters as well. Offensively, Jordy Horsch had three hits and Morgan chipped in with a home run and two RBIs.

The pivotal game two matchup was set to take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The Hawks hope to extend the series back to Red Wing for a win or go home game three on Friday.