Varsity Recaps

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.

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)

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)

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)

Phillips Pitches No-Hitter. Keeps Team In First Place.

Keith Phillips pitched a gem on Tuesday night as the Hawkeyes defeated Unity Christian 18-0.  Phillips recorded his first Varsity no-hitter as he struck out 14 and walked 2 batters.  The game lowered his ERA to 1.31 on the season.  He also lowered his WHIP (Walks and hits per inning pitched) to .97 on the year as he has only allowed 28 hits in 48 innings pitched.  The score was really not as lopsided as it seems.  In the first inning the Hawkeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Brandon George reached on a single, Phillips reached on an error by the left-fielder, and then VanHeest knocked in both George and Phillips with his first of four doubles on the night.  After Joey DeGood reached base on an error by the third baseman, Brandon Dorn hit a sacrifice fly to score Andrew Stehle (Courtesy runner for VanHeest).  The second and fourth innings were frustrating ones for the Hawkeyes.  In the second, the first two batters would reach base but would not score.  On an attempted steal of third base by Will Braschler, Brandon George ripped a line drive to the Centerfielder who caught it and returned it to second base for the double play.  In the fourth inning the Hawkeyes would load the bases with one out and again would come up empty.  Phillips ripped a line drive to the first baseman who caught it and stepped on first for the inning ending double play.  Finally the team would break the game open a little bit in the fifth inning.  Tommy Schreur led off the inning with a walk.  VanHeest hit his second double of the night to put runners on 2nd and 3rd.  DeGood singled home Schreur to put runners on 1st and 3rd.  Dorn hit a single of his own to drive in Stehle and put runners at the corners again.  Daniel George finished the scoring for the inning by lifting a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score DeGood.  The Hawkeyes would add one more insurance run in the 6th on a single by Schreur, a wild pitch to advance him to second, and then VanHeest’s third double of the night to score Schreur.  Although Phillips had all the runs that he would need, the Hawkeyes decided to end the game with a bang.  The team plated 11 runs in the top of the 7th.  Phillips (3B, 3 RBI’s), VanHeest (2B, 1 RBI), Ethan Buresh (1B), Justin Genther (2B, 2 RBI’s), Chris Scholten (1B, 1 RBI), and Andrew Stehle (1B, 2 RBI’s) would all have key hits in the inning.  Phillips ended the game by setting down the Crusaders in order in the 7th inning and striking out two of the three batters that he faced.  The team’s record is now 21-4 and 10-2 in the OK Green Conference (1st Place).  The next game is Friday at home against Zeeland West in a double-header slated to begin at 4:00 pm.

BOX SCORE:

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E
Hamilton 3 0 0 0 3 1 11 18 17 1
Unity Christian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8

WP – Phillips (6-1)  2 BB’S, 14 K’S

LP – Clement (0-4) 2 BB’s, 0 K’s

2B – VanHeest (4), Genther (Hamilton)

3B – Phillips (Hamilton)