Hamilton Splits With Unity Christian

The Hawkeyes traveled to Unity Christian on Tuesday night to battle with the Crusaders.  It was a tale of two very different games.  Hamilton pounded out 14 hits in the first game and could only muster 3 hits in the nightcap.  Grant Wolfram pitched the first game and upped his season record to 4-1.  He was very tough when he needed to be as he pitched out of a number of situations where the Crusaders had runners on base.  Offensively the Hawkeyes got things started in the second inning of the first game.  Gerrit Eding hit a one out single.  Wolfram then doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd.  Sean Thompson grounded out to shortstop to drive in Eding for the Hawkeyes first run.  Hayden Smith followed with a solid single to put runners on 1st and 3rd.  After Jared Overbeek was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Elijah Walker singled to plate both Justin Overhiser and Dylan Buresh who were courtesy running for Wolfram and Smith.  The Hawkeyes again scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning.  Tommy Schreur started things off with a solid single.  Ethan Buresh was hit by a pitch and then Cole Carlson laid down a beautiful bunt to load the bases.  With one out, Wolfram hit a ball that was misplayed by a Crusader infielder and both Schreur and Ethan Buresh came in to score.  With two outs both Hayden Smith and Jared Overbeek were hit by pitches which allowed Carlson to score the third run of the inning.  Sean Thompson led off the 5th inning with a solid single.  Smith was hit by a pitch again and Overbeek loaded the bases with a single.  Tommy Schreur hit a one out sacrifice fly to score Hamilton’s lone run in the fifth.  The Hawkeyes were able to add 3 insurance runs in the 7th to basically seal the victory.  Smith led off with a single.  Overbeek sacrifice bunted him to second.  Elijah Walker then doubled to drive in Overbeek.  Schreur walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd and then Ethan Buresh singled to load the bases.  Walker scored on a passed ball.  After Carlson walked to reload the bases, Wolfram singled to drive in the Hawkeyes final run.  The Crusaders scored one run in the 7th to close the deficit to 10-3, but that’s as close as they could get.

In the second game, The Crusaders pitcher kept the Hawkeyes frustrated all night and they could only muster 3 hits.  Unity scored 3 runs in the bottom of the third and that would be all of the runs that they would need.  Hamilton closed the gap to 4-1 after scoring in the 6th inning, but that is as close as they would get.  Overbeek singled and later would score on a single by Schreur.  Ethan Buresh pitched pretty well as the Crusaders only scored 2 earned runs, but the Hawkeyes could not give him enough run support on this night.  The Teams record is now 10-8 overall and 7-6 in the OK Green Conference.  Hamilton’s next game is Wednesday against Unity Christian again at Hamilton.

BOX SCORE (Game 1):

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Hamilton 0 3 3 0 1 0 3 10 14 2
Unity Christian 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 8 2


WP – Wolfram (4-1)  8 BB’S, 4 K’S

LP –  L. DeYoung (?)   1 BB’s, 3 K’s

2B – Walker, Wolfram (Hamilton), L. DeYoung – (Unity Christian)

3B – Wolfram (Hamilton)

HR – L. DeYoung (Unity Christian)


BOX SCORE (Game 2):

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 3
Unity Christian 0 0 3 0 1 1 5 7 1


WP –  K. DeYoung (?)  0 BB’s, 7 K’s

LP – E. Buresh (3-3) 1 BB’s, 2 K’s

2B – Dykstra (Unity Christian)

Hawkeyes Defeat GR Catholic Central In Come From Behind Effort

The Hawkeyes used a lot of grit and determination to overcome an early 7-2 deficit and record an 8-7 victory over Grand Rapids Catholic Central.  The visitors scored a run in the top of the first to go ahead 1-0.  Hamilton responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the first to tie it 1-1.  Elijah Walker hit a one out single, advanced to third on a double by Tommy Schreur, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Ethan Buresh.  Catholic Central scored 3 more runs in the top of the 2nd to go ahead 4-1.  The Hawkeyes got one run back in the bottom of the second when Grant Wolfram led off with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a ground ball off the bat of Justin Overhiser, and scored on an infield error off the bat of Elijah Walker.  The Cougars again scored 3 runs in the third inning widening their leading margin to 7-2.  The score remained that way until the bottom of the 4th when the Hawkeyes scored 3 runs to cut the deficit to 7-5.  Walker got things started with an infield error.  Schreur followed him with a walk, and Ethan Buresh singled to load the bases.  Cole Carlson was then hit by a pitch to plate Walker.  Gerrit Eding ripped a single to score Schreur and Buresh.  In the top of the 5th with no outs and runners on 1st and 2nd base, Dylan Buresh entered the game as the Hawkeyes pitcher in relief of Brady Mudd.  In a clutch performance that kept the deficit at only 2 runs, Buresh induced a ground ball to third, a strikeout, and then after loading the bases with a walk, he got the third out on a fly ball to right field.  Hamilton closed the deficit to 7-6 by scoring one run in the bottom of the 5th.  Jared Overbeek singled, went to third on a single by Elijah Walker, and later scored on a wild pitch.  In the bottom of the 6th the Hawkeyes recorded the tying and go-ahead runs.  Justin Overhiser started things off with a one out walk.  He stole second and then took third and scored on a single and throwing error by a Catholic Central infielder off the bat of Overbeek.  Overbeek stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and then scored the winning run on a solid single off the bat of Schreur.  After an infield hit by the Cougars in the top of the seventh, Dylan Buresh got a ground ball to Shortstop Elijah Walker who forced the runner out at second base.  Buresh then picked off the runner at first base to record the second out of the inning.  The final out was recorded on another ground ball to shortstop.  The Hawkeyes are now 9-7 on the season.  The team will travel to Unity Christian for an OK Green doubleheader on Tuesday, May 14.


Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
GR Catholic Central 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 7 9 5
Hamilton 1 1 0 3 1 2 8 11 3


WP – D. Buresh (1-0)    2 BB’S, 2 K’S

LP –  Sayfie (?)   0 BB’s, 0 K’s

2B –  Priest (2), Craven (GR Catholic Central), Schreur (Hamilton)

Hawkeyes Earn Series Sweep With Win Over Zeeland West

The Hamilton Hawkeyes defeated the Zeeland West Dux 11-1 Thursday on the road to earn a series sweep.  Hamilton scored two runs in the top of the 1st inning.  Jared Overbeek led off with a walk on a 7 pitch at bat.  Elijah Walker followed with a solid single.  Overbeek later scored on a Sacrifice Fly by Ethan Buresh and Walker scored on a wild pitch.  The Dux got one run back on a two-out error off the bat of Logan Thimm and a double off the bat of Ben Parker.  Hamilton added a run in the 3rd when Gerrit Eding led off with a walk.  He then stole second and moved up to third on a ground ball to the right side of the infield by Grant Wolfram.  Sean Thompson grounded to the shortstop to plate Eding and give the Hawkeyes their 3rd run.  Hamilton broke the game open in the 4th inning with 7 runs.  With one out Wolfram and Thompson both reached on errors.  Hayden Smith singled to drive in Wolfram.  Overbeek singled to load the bases and then Walker singled to score Thompson.  Tommy Schreur reached on another Dux error which allowed Justin Overhiser who was courtesy running for Smith and Overbeek to score the Hawkeyes third and fourth runs of the inning.  Ethan Buresh followed with a single to load the bases again and then Cole Carlson doubled to score Walker and Schreur.  Eding singled to drive in Buresh for the seventh and final run of the inning.  The Hawkeyes scored their last run in the 6th when Heath Dannenberg drew a bases loaded walk to score Dylan Buresh.  Smith was able to hold Zeeland West scoreless in the bottom of the 6th which resulted in the final score of 11-1.  The Hawkeyes now have an overall record of 8-7 and an OK Green record of 6-5.

Hamilton Suffers Tough Home Loss to Holland Christian

Holland Christian scored 5 runs on 5 hits in the first inning and never looked back.  Ethan Buresh settled down after the 1st inning and pitched through the 6th.  He tried valiantly to keep the Team within comeback distance, but on this night it was not meant to be.  He ended with 8 strikeouts and walked one batter in 6 innings of work.  The Hawkeyes got their only run in the 3rd inning on a one out walk to Elijah Walker, a Holland Christian error off the bat of Tommy Schreur, and then a single by Ethan Buresh to score Walker.  Hamilton could never get the bats going against Holland Christian pitcher Landon Brower.  Brower was in complete control as he struck out 9 batters, walked one, and only allowed 3 hits in the complete game victory.  The Hawkeyes need to regroup quickly as they travel to Byron Center on Friday to take on a tough League opponent.  The Teams overall record is now 5-4 and 3-4 in the OK Green.


Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Holland Christian 5 0 1 0 0 0 7 13 12 2
Hamilton 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3


WP – Brower (?)    BB’S, 10 K’S

LP –  E. Buresh (2-2)   1 BB’s, 8 K’s

2B – Boetsma, Mokma, Williams (Holland Christian)

Hamilton Splits With Holland Christian

The Hawkeyes started out with a bang on Tuesday night in the first game of a doubleheader at Holland Christian.  After scoring 2 runs in the first inning, Hamilton exploded for 4 runs in the 4th, 2 in the 5th, 2 in the 6th, and 5 in the 7th for a 15-4 final outcome.  Elijah Walker opened the first with a single.  With two outs Ethan Buresh ripped a double to knock in his first of 6 runs for the game.  Two batters later, Sean Thompson grounded into an infield error which allowed Buresh to score.  Grant Wolfram struck out the side in Holland Christian’s half of the first.  The score remained 2-0 until the top of the 4th.  Jared Overbeek opened with a single.  After moving up to second on a wild pitch and to third on a ground out by Elijah Walker, Cole Carlson drove him home with a solid single.  Tommy Schreur followed that up with a double and then Ethan Buresh hit a double to plate both Carlson and Schreur.  Buresh scored on a double steal to end the scoring for the inning.  Holland Christian got two runs back in the bottom of the 4th, but the Hawkeyes answered with two runs of their own in the top of the 5th.  Hayden Smith and Jared Overbeek opened with singles.  Elijah Walker bunted them up to second and third and then Cole Carlson and Tommy Schreur did their jobs by driving in a run each.  The Maroons again scored two runs in the bottom of the 5th, and again the Hawkeyes answered with two runs of their own in the top of the 6th.  Sean Thompson walked.  He took third on a well executed hit-and-run by Grant Wolfram who moved up to 2nd on the outfield throw to 3rd base.  Thompson scored on a wild pitch and the pinch hitter Justin Genther did a great job by hitting a sacrifice fly to score Wolfram.  Hamilton finally help the Maroons scoreless in the bottom of the 6th and then really extended their lead with 5 runs in the top of the seventh.  The big blow in the inning was a 3 run Homerun by Ethan Buresh.  Those RBI’s gave him 6 for the game.  Brady Mudd pitched a scoreless 7th inning and the Hawkeyes ended game 1 with a 15-4 victory.  Grant Wolfram picked up the victory to up his record to 2-1.  He recorded 12 strikeouts in the 6 innings that he pitched.  Ethan Buresh was 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and a homerun and 6 RBI’s.  Tommy Schreur was 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI’s, and Elijah Walker, Cole Carlson, Hayden Smith, and Jared Overbeek each collected 2 hits for the game.

In the second game, the Hawkeyes got off to a great start with 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning.  Schreur started the action with a two out single.  Buresh followed with a double to score Schreur and then Gerrit Eding singled to score Buresh.  The Hawkeyes loaded the bases with one out in the 2nd inning, but an inning ending double play kept Hamilton off the scoreboard.  This was probably the turning point in the game as the Hawkeyes were unable to score again in the darkness shortened 5 – inning game.  Hamilton had 7 hits for the game and only struck out once, but couldn’t seem to get the key hit to drive in the runs that were needed.  Hayden Smith took the game 2 loss and is now 1-1 on the season.  The Team’s record is now 5-3 and 3-3 in the OK Green.


OPPONENT:  Holland Christian

SITE OF GAME:  Holland Christian

BOX SCORE (Game 1):

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Hamilton 2 0 0 4 2 2 5 15 16 0
Holland Christian 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 5 2


WP – Wolfram (2-1)  7 BB’S, 12 K’S

LP –  Mokma (1-2)   3 BB’s, 3 K’s

2B – E. Buresh – 2 (Hamilton), Schreur (Hamilton), Smith (Hamilton), Hill – (Holland Christian)

HR – E. Buresh (Hamilton)


BOX SCORE (Game 2 – 5 innings due to darkness):

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Hamilton 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
Holland Christian 0 2 2 0 1 5 4 2


WP –  Hill (2-1)  0 BB’s, 1 K’s

LP – Smith (1-1) 7 BB’s, 2 K’s

2B – Buresh (Hamilton)