Hawkeyes Split at Rockford Invitational

Coming off a double header on Friday that clinched the OK Green Championship, the Hawkeyes had a quick turnaround as the bus heading for the Rockford Invitational pulled out of the parking lot at 8:00 am on Saturday.  The team played a gutsy game to start the day defeating Troy High School 4-0.  Keith Phillips pitched a great game on a day when he probably didn’t have his best stuff or command.  He ended up going 6 2/3 innings and only allowed 3 singles.  The win pushed Phillips record to 7-1 on the year.  Brandon Dorn entered the game in the seventh with runners on 1st and 2nd and got the first batter he faced to hit a fly ball to right field to end the game.  It was Dorn’s first save of the year.  Offensively, the Hawkeyes left five runners on base in the third and fourth innings before they finally broke the scoreless tie with 2 runs in the fifth.  With one out in the inning, Keith Phillips hit a double and Tommy Schreur followed with a single.  Two batters later with two outs and a two strike count, Joey DeGood laced a single to right field to score Phillips and Schreur.  The Hawkeyes would load the bases again in the 6th on a two out double by Daniel George, an error by the third baseman off the bat of Brandon George, and a walk to Phillips, but were not able to capitalize.  In the seventh, Hamilton finally cashed in again with a leadoff double by Simeon VanHeest, a bunt single by Joey DeGood that was then thrown into right field to score Andrew Stehle (courtesy runner for VanHeest), and an RBI single by Will Braschler to score DeGood.

For the first time in four tries the Hawkeyes were able to win the first game of the Tournament and advance to the finals to play Rockford.  The team knew that it would be a tough test, but were ready for the opportunity.  Brandon Dorn got the start in the finals for the Hawkeyes.  The bottom of the first inning was a tough one for the Hawkeyes.  A leadoff double by Drew Farmer got things started for the Rams.  After a fly ball to the Brandon George at shortstop, Dorn would hit the next batter to put runners on 1st and 2nd.  The Rams #4 hitter Tony Dileo would then have a fantastic at bat.  He was able to foul off several 2 strike pitches and eventually he was also hit by a pitch to load the bases.  The next batter grounded out to third in what looked like an inning ending double play, but the Hawkeyes were not able to complete it.  This proved to be costly as the Rams were able to score a total of three runs in the inning.  Dorn settled down nicely and pitched the next three innings without allowing a run.  Meanwhile, Hamilton’s struggles of leaving men on base continued.  In the third and fourth innings the Hawkeyes left 5 runners on base.  Daniel George entered the game to pitch in the 5th inning and ended up yielding one run in that frame.  With the score still at only 4-0 entering the bottom of the 6th, the Hawkeyes were hoping to shut down the Rams and try to find a way to get at least the tying run to the plate in the top of the 7th.  That would not happen as the roof caved in on the Hawkeyes and the Rams strung together a walk and 7 hits to score 6 runs and end the game.  It was a disappointing way to end the day, but the team still managed to have a solid week of play.  A 4-1 record for the week and the outright OK Green Championship is something the team can build on for the end of the season run in the State Tournament.  The Hawkeyes overall record is now 24-5.  The Hawkeyes will next play on Wednesday at Home against Holland.  The Hawkeyes will also be playing in the annual Alumni Game on Friday at 4:30 pm and will be hosting a tough St. Joseph team on Saturday in a double header.

BOX SCORE (Game 1):

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Hamilton 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 10 1
Troy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2

WP – Keith Phillips (7-1)  6 BB’S, 7 K’S

Save – Dorn

LP – Losey (? ) 4 BB’s, 4 K’s

2B – Phillips, D. George, VanHeest (Hamilton)


BOX SCORE (Game 2):

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Rockford 3 0 0 0 1 6 10 16 0

WP –  Street (?)  1 BB’s, 11 K’s

LP – Dorn (3-1) 1 BB’s, 2 K’s

2B – Farmer (2), Young, Powell, Postma (Rockford)