Hawkeyes Win Home Game Against Holland

The Hamilton Hawkeyes defeated Holland 8-3 on Wednesday night in Hamilton.  Although the team left 12 runners on base during the game, there were just enough hits and sacrifice flys, and great pitching by Chris Scholten to get the job done.  The Hawkeyes started the scoring with 3 runs in the second inning.  Shane VanHouten reached base first with a one out single.  Chris Scholten helped his cause on the mound by following VanHouten with his own single.  Daniel George walked to load the bases and then set the table for his brother Brandon who promptly ripped a single to left field to drive in two runs.  Keith Phillips walked to reload the bases and then Tommy Schreur ripped a line drive to the outfield to score Daniel George via the sacrifice fly.  On the mound Scholten started the game by retiring the first seven Holland batters that he faced.  The Dutch then hit two two-strike singles to get a rally going.  After a fielders choice ground out to second baseman Daniel George to put runners at the corners, the Dutch scored their first run on a wild pitch.  After the next batter walked, another wild pitch scored the second run for Holland.  With the score only 3-2 in Hamilton’s favor, the Hawkeyes had some work to do.  Scholten settled down and shut down the Dutch in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings.  Meanwhile the Hawkeyes added a run in the bottom of the 4th to make the score 4-2.  Daniel George opened the inning with a leadoff single.  He would score his second run of the game after Brandon George walked, Keith Phillips walked, and Simeon VanHeest hit a deep sacrifice fly to collect his 33rd RBI of the season.  Hamilton would again strike for one run in the 5th.  Shane VanHouten led off with a walk.  two batters later Daniel George collected his second single in as many innings.  Brandon George hit a fly ball to center that was misplayed by the Dutch outfielder to load the bases.  Phillips then drove in VanHouten with the teams third sacrifice fly of the game.  With the score still in doubt at 5-2, the Hawkeyes came up with a big inning in the bottom of the 6th.  Joey DeGood hit a deep fly to the outfield that was misplayed for a two base error.  With two outs, Shane VanHouten hit a fly ball that ended up being an error by the Holland second baseman and led to VanHouten scoring his third run of the game.  The Hawkeyes took full advantage of the extra out as pinch hitter Will Braschler hit a deep 2 run home run to left field.  It was Braschler’s third home run of the season.  Ethan Buresh entered the game to pitch the seventh for the Hawkeyes and struck out the first two batters on a total of 7 pitches.  A walk on a full count to speedy lead-off hitter Frego led to a run for the Dutch in the seventh.  Frego stole second base and then scored on a single by Hollands second batter in the lineup.  Right Fielder DeGood threw the ball all the way to the plate but it was a little bit high and Frego was able to slide under the tag.  Buresh retired the last batter on a shallow fly to DeGood to end the game.  The team’s record is now 25-5 on the season.  The Hawkeyes will next be in action on Friday in the annual alumni game.  Game time is slated for 4:30 pm.  The team will also be hosting the 10th ranked team in Division 2, St. Joseph, on Saturday in a doubleheader.  Game time on Saturday is slated for 10:00 am.

BOX SCORE:

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Holland 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 3 3
Hamilton 0 3 0 1 1 3 8 9 2

WP – Scholten (7-1)  2 BB’S, 6 K’S

LP – Castillo (?) 7 BB’s, 1 K’s

HR – Braschler (Hamilton)

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