Nighthawks lose last three games of the regular season, waiting for regional matchup to be set

On May 5, Kidder Co. downed the Nighthawks 11-4, and Shiloh bested them on May 7 by a 10-0 score. Hazen finished the Nighthawks last regular season game by beating them on the Nighthawks home field, 10-1, on May 12.

Ty Nordby (left) and Mason Stang (right) walk back into the dugout after the first inning against the Hazen Bison during the final game of the regular season. Both Stang and Nordby are seniors at New England.
Ty Nordby (left) and Mason Stang (right) walk back into the dugout after the first inning against the Hazen Bison during the final game of the regular season. Both Stang and Nordby are seniors at New England.

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Herald

On May 5, Kidder Co. downed the Nighthawks 11-4, and Shiloh bested them on May 7 by a 10-0 score. Hazen finished the Nighthawks last regular season game by beating them on the Nighthawks home field, 10-1, on May 12.

In the Hazen game, Damon Mellmer started on the mound for the Nighthawks and Mason Wiedrich started for Hazen. After four innings Hazen only had a 4-1 lead. Walks and errors were hurting Mellmer as he walked four, while the Nighthawks defense committed four errors behind him. All four runs scored with the assistance of those walks and errors. Mellmer had his curve ball working most of the time and he recorded eight strikeouts during those four innings. Meanwhile Wiedrich and his fast ball was having no problem as he struck out six and gave up one run, a one-out double to Mellmer that scored Hudson Pierce.

Braxon Yates came into pitch for the Nighthawks in the top of the fifth and immediately got in trouble by giving up a double, hitting a batter and walking one with the first three hitters of the inning.

Jordan Dilse relieved Yates with one out, runners on first and second base. Four runners had already scored. Dilse got his batter to hit a grounder to Brandon Pierce at third who stepped on his base for a force out and threw out the runner at first base for the inning-ending double-play.

Yates made a nice pickup at first to save the double play.

The Nighthawks pulled off another double play in the sixth when B. Pierce threw to Yates for the force out at first base, and Yates’ throw to H. Pierce at home was in time to tag out a Bison runner trying to score.

Wiedrich finished the game for Hazen giving up six hits, striking out nine and walking two in the 10-1 victory.

The Nighthawks finished with a 2-10 record and wait to see who they play in their opening game of the region tournament. The Region 8 tournament will be played in Beulah on May 18-21.

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