Hawkeyes Lose Close Game to Hudsonville

The Hamilton Baseball Team displayed a lot of heart and determination in their close loss to Hudsonville on Wednesday.  In the end the game will be marked in the loss column, but it could lead to some needed momentum heading into State Tournament play on Saturday.  Things did not look good in the beginning for the Hawkeyes.  The leadoff hitter for Hudsonville drew a walk to start the game.  After a steal and errant throw the Eagles had a runner on third with no outs.  The next batter hit a flyball to center that was lost and ended up being a double.  After a single put runners on 1st and 3rd, Hunter Prince hit a towering opposite field homerun to deep right field to make the score 4-0.  The Eagles would add an unearned run in the second inning to make the score 5-0, but Chris Scholten who pitched the second and third innings for the Hawkeyes would keep the Eagles off-balance and give the Hawkeyes a chance at a comeback.  In the top of the 4th, Hamilton would finally get on the scoreboard.  Joey DeGood led off the inning with a single and then with two outs Brandon Dorn hit a hard ground ball off the second baseman for a single and an RBI.  The Eagles would counter with a run of their own in the bottom of the 4th off Freshman Grant Wolfram to make the score 6-1.  The Hawkeyes didn’t let this bother them as they scored another run in the top of the 5th to make the score 6-2.  Keith Phillips opened the inning with a single and advanced to second when the left-fielder bobbled the ball.  Tommy Schreur hit a single off the pitcher to put runners on 1st and 3rd.  Two batters later, Joey DeGood drew a walk to load the based with one out.  Grant Wolfram grounded out to second to score Phillips.  Brandon Dorn moved from third base to the mound to pitch the 5th inning.  He promptly shut down the Eagles and gave the Hawkeyes a chance to chip away at the 6-2 deficit.  The Hawkeyes responded with 3 runs in the top of the 6th to make the score 6-5.  Dorn opened the inning with a single.  He was forced out on a Fielders Choice ground ball by Shane VanHouten.  An error by the Hudsonville shortstop on a ball hit by Brandon George and a bunt single by Phillips loaded the bases.  Hudsonville brought in hard-throwing Blake Hibbits who was greated by a single off the bat of Tommy Schreur to score VanHouten and George.  With runners at the corners again, Simeon VanHeest grounded to the shortstop to score Phillips.  The error on the play put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out.  Hibbits settled down and recorded two strikeouts to end the inning for the Hawkeyes.  Dorn retired the Eagles in order in the bottom of the 6th to give the Hawkeyes a chance to finish the comeback.  The Hawkeyes were able to get the tying run on base when Shane VanHouten drew a two-out walk, but were unable to score the tying run.  It was a gutsy performance for the Hawkeyes and the team should be able to walk away from the game with a positive attitude heading into their game with Coloma on Saturday.  Tommy Schreur was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s for the game.  Keith Phillips was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, and Brandon Dorn was 2 for 4 with an RBI.  The teams overall record is now 25-8.