Hawkeyes Claim 4th OK Green Title In A Row

The Hamilton Baseball Team did something on Friday night that probably not too many teams over the years can say that they did.  They won a League Championship for the 4th year in a row.  The night was somewhat bittersweet in that the Baseball Program lost a dear friend. Mom, and Baseball Supporter today.  Sally Mudd passed away after a long battle with Leukemia and related complications.  We will miss her dearly.  As a Baseball Program we owe a lot to her for supporting her husband Glenn who has been a tireless worker for the Hamilton Little League Program.  His countless hours and dedication are a big reason why we have been so successful over the past several years.  The family is definitely in the prayers of the whole Hamilton Baseball Family.

Both games started off with a bang for the Hawkeyes.  In the first game the Hawkeyes struck for 3 runs in the first.  Brandon George led off with a walk and stole second.  Tommy Schreur hit a sharp single to left which put runners at the corners.  Simeon VanHeest was hit by a pitch and then Joey DeGood walked to plate the first run.  A wild pitch scored Schreur and then a ground ball by Brandon Dorn behind second base scored Andrew Stehle (Courtesy runner for VanHeest).  The Hawkeyes would add one more in the second on a walk to starting pitcher Grant Wolfram, and errant pickoff throw that moved courtesy runner Ethan Buresh to third, and then a ground out by Shane VanHouten to score Buresh.  In the third the Hawkeyes scored 4 more runs to make the score 8-0.  Brandon Dorn got things started with a 2-out single.  Daniel George was hit by a pitch, and then Wolfram, VanHouten, Brandon George, and Keith Phillips each had a single and an RBI.  In the 4th inning the Hawkeyes scored 2 more runs to make the score 10-0.  VanHeest reached on an error by the right-fielder and then with two outs the Dux pitcher struggled to find the strike zone as the next three batters were hit hit by a pitch, walked, and hit by a pitch.  A strike-out and passed ball scored the second run.  The Dux scored one unearned run in the top of the 5th, but the Hawkeyes were able to score one more in the bottom of the 5th to end the game after 5-innings.  Tommy Schreur scored the final run after he walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then scored on Dorn’s bloop single.  Grant Wolfram pitched another fine game to bring his record to 5-2 on the year.  He also upped his League record to 4-0.

In the nightcap, the Hawkeyes again struck quickly with 3 runs in the top of the first.  Keith Phillips singled, Schreur was hit by a pitch, VanHeest drove in Phillips with a single, and then DeGood hit a single to drive in Schreur and Stehle (Courtesy runner for VanHeest).  Both teams were held scoreless until the 6th inning when the Hawkeyes erupted for 5 more runs to make the score 8-0.  Schreur led off with a single.  DeGood walked and then Dorn hit a single up the middle to score Schreur.  Daniel George bunted and an errant throw resulted in him being safe at first.  Buresh then singled to drive in DeGood and Dorn and then Will Braschler doubled to drive in Daniel George.  Will moved to third on the play when Buresh was thrown out at the plate trying to score.  Braschler ended the scoring by coming home on a wild pitch.  It was looking like the Hawkeyes would rap things up, but the Dux battled back and scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th to make the score 8-5.  Like the team has done all year, they responded immediately to the Dux ralleye by scoring 5 runs of their own in the top of the 7th to go back ahead by 8 runs.  Cole Carlson got things started with a two out double.  DeGood reached on an error by the third baseman and then Dorn hit an RBI single, Daniel George was walked, Buresh hit a single, and Braschler hit a 2 RBI double.  Buresh closed the door on the Dux in the bottom of the seventh with two strikeouts to keep the final score at 13-5.  Chris Scholten was the pitcher of record as he went 5 1/3 innings and picked up his 6th win on the year.  The teams record is now 23-4 and they finished the OK Green Conference with a record of 12-2.

BOX SCORE (Game 1):

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Zeeland West 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 2
Hamilton 3 1 4 2 1 11 8 1

WP – Wolfram (5-2)  3 BB’S, 8 K’S

LP –  Thimm (1-5)  4 BB’s, 2 K’s

2B – Phillips (Hamilton)


BOX SCORE (Game 2):

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Hamilton 3 0 0 0 0 5 5 13 14 2
Zeeland West 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 10 2

WP –  Scholten (6-1)  3 BB’s, 8 K’s

LP – Langeland (0-2) 1 BB’s, 2 K’s

2B – Braschler (2), Carlson (Hamilton)