Hamilton Battles For Two Wins Against Holland

The Hawkeyes opened the OK Green Conference schedule with a pair of hard fought victories at Holland on Tuesday night.  It took a little bit of everything for Hamilton to earn the victories and up their overall record to 4-0 and OK Green record to 2-0.

Ethan Buresh throws a pitch against Holland.

Ethan Buresh throws a pitch against Holland.

In the first game, Grant Wolfram got the start and 4 of his first 6 outs were via a strikeout.  Meanwhile the Hawkeye offense was busy scoring 4 runs in their first two innings.  Elijah Walker opened the first with a single, Tommy Schreur had an infield single, Ethan Buresh walked after fouling off several pitches, and then Sean Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to score Walker.  In the top of the second, Justin Genther led off with a double and scored on a one out single by Walker.  With two outs Ethan Buresh hit a double that plated both Walker and courtesy runner Gerrit Eding.  The Hawkeyes may have took their foot off the gas a little and the Dutch made them pay in the bottom of the third inning by scoring 4 runs and tying up the score at 4 runs apiece.  In the inning the Dutch had 4 hits including 2 doubles.  Ethan Buresh took over on the mound for the Hawkeyes in the 5th inning.  The Dutch got their leadoff man to third base, but a block of a ball in the dirt and tag at home by catcher Hayden Smith gave Holland their first out.  Later in the inning Smith made a perfect throw to second to catch a runner stealing.  The two clutch plays helped keep Holland from taking the lead.  In the seventh the Dutch had two runners on with only one out before Ethan Buresh struck out two batters to end the inning.  Hamilton finally broke through with 6 runs in the 8th inning to effectively end the game.  Brady Mudd had a key single to drive in the go-ahead run, and Gerrit Eding had a double for 2 RBI’s.  Ethan Buresh picked up the win to bring his record to 2-0.  He only allowed one hit in his 4 innings of work.

In the second game, the Hawkeyes scored 4 runs apiece in the 1st and 4th innings, and Hayden Smith scattered 3 hits in the darkness shortened 5-inning game.  Eding got things started in the 1st with a double.  He was followed by an RBI single by Schreur, single by Buresh, walk by Thompson, and an RBI single by Genther.  The fourth run of the inning was scored on a fielders choice put in play by Wolfram.  In the fourth inning Wolfram got things started with a single.  Mudd and Overbeek followed with singles of their own, and then with two outs Eding hit a bases clearing double. Tommy Schreur plated the fourth run of the inning with a solid single.  Due to darkness, the game was called after the 5th inning.  The Hawkeyes were leading 8-1 at that point.  Smith allowed only 3 hits and got his first Varsity win.  For the day Gerrit Eding was 3 for 5 with two doubles and 5 RBI’s and Tommy Schreur was 4 for 8.

Hamilton will next be in action on Thursday with a home game against the Dutch.  Game time is slated for 4:15 pm.  The Hawkeyes will be hosting the Hamilton Invitational on Saturday.  Their first game will be against Buchanan High School at 10:00.  The other teams in the Tournament are Sparta and Otsego High Schools.

Hawkeyes Win Two at Coldwater

Preparing for 1st Game

Preparing for 1st Game

The 2013 Varsity Baseball Team began its season on Saturday, April 6 with two wins at Coldwater. In game one, Grant Wolfram got the start and pitched 6 solid innings for the win. He allowed only one run on 3 hits while striking out 8 and walking 4. The team scored a run each in the 1st and 2nd innings to get off to a great start. Tommy Schreur scored the Hawkeyes first run of 2013. He singled with two outs, Ethan Buresh followed with a single, and then Schreur scored on an error by the left-fielder off the bat of Wolfram. Shawn Thompson got things started in the second inning with a solid single. He stole second and then scored on a two-out single by Elijah Walker. Both pitchers settled in and the score remained 2-0 until the top of the 6th when the Hawkeyes exploded for 4 runs on 5 straight hits. Walker, Cole Carlson, Schreur, and Wolfram all singled while the big hit was a two-RBI triple by Ethan Buresh. Coldwater responded with one run in the 6th and two in the seventh, but the Hawkeyes held on for a 6-3 win.

Grant Wolfram pitches first game at Coldwater.

Grant Wolfram vs. Coldwater.

In the second game the Hawkeyes again struck early with 5 runs in the first two innings. Walker had a single and a triple in those two innings and scored two runs. Buresh and Wolfram each had doubles in the second inning to drive in a run each. Ypsilanti Lincoln scored one run in the second, two in the third and one more in the 4th to make it a slim 5-4 lead for Hamilton, but the Hawkeyes responded with 2 runs in the 5th and 3 more in the 6th to make the final score 10-4. Walker had an RBI single in the 5th and Gerrit Eding batted in two runs with a double in the 6th. Hamilton got shut-out innings by Heath Dannenberg in the 5th, Brady Mudd in the 6th, and Hayden Smith in the 7th. Ethan Buresh got the win pitching 3 innings and recording 5 K’s and 2 BB’s.  Offensively the Hawkeyes were led by Elijah Walker’s 6-9 effort from the plate and Ethan Buresh’s 4-7 with two doubles and a triple.

Game 1 OPPONENT: Coldwater

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

WP – Wolfram (1-0) 4 BB’S, 8 K’S
LP – #7 (0-1) 2 BB, 9 K’s
2B – #25 (Coldwater)
3B – E. Buresh (Hamilton)

GAME 2 OPPONENT: Ypsilanti Lincoln


1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Ypsilanti Lincoln 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 4 8 3
Hamilton 1 4 0 0 2 3 10 9 5

WP – E. Buresh (1-0) 2 BB’s, 5 K’s
LP – Sibert (0-1) 3 BB’s, 3 K
2B – E. Buresh – 2, Wolfram, Eding (Hamilton), Sutherby (Ypsilanti Lincoln)
3B – Walker (Hamilton), Jordan – 2 (Ypsilanti Lincoln)

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.

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.


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)

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)