The Night Hawks got their first win of the season against the Washburn co-op.
In a big Region 8 match up, the Hettinger-Scranton-New England Night Hawks jumped on the bus for their longest trip of the year to face Washburn.
Coach Dix handed the ball to his Ace, senior Brandon Pierce , and he had one of his strongest performances of the year. Brandon went five innings while only giving up one hit and while walking a batter.
While seven strikeouts made for a strong performance, the Night Hawk bats finally got Pierce two runs in the top of the sixth as Hudson Pierce started the inning of with a double. Jaxon Mellmer and Brett Christopherson both picked up RBIs in the inning to take a 2-0 lead to the bottom of the sixth. Brandon Pierce came out in the sixth inning, the Hawks defense started things off with a throwing error and then the second batter laced a double to put runners at second and third base. Jarad Mattis came in relief to try and control the damage, but another four team errors and three Washburn hits in the inning added up nine to runs for the opposition in the sixth inning alone. The Night Hawks couldn’t add any more runs and finished up with a disappointing region loss to the Cardinals.
The Hawks were led by Hudson Pierce who went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. Jacob Dix, Jarad Mattis and Brett Christopherson all added two hits each. Even though the Night Hawks out hit the Cardinals 11-7, The Hawks left 11 runners on base. Coach Dix said, “it was a very disappointing, losing the way we did. Leaving 11 runners on base while Brandon pitched his butt off was very frustrating. We have to score when we get runners on. The runs will come and I am confident the pitching will be there for the regionals.”
After a disappointing game one loss, the Night Hawks kept their heads up and brought the bats and the pitching in game two. Brett Christopherson started the second game. He has appeared in three other games, and Coach Tibor and Dix were curious what he could do if he needed to start a game. The results were pretty nice as Christopherson struck out seven and gave up just one run on two hits over five innings. Even with the seven Strikeouts, Coach Dix mentioned how the defense stepped up and made all the plays in the other eight outs in the ball game.
They preach to their pitchers that in order to keep their pitch count down, they need to attack the hitters and need to have confidence in their defense behind them.
Coach Dix also noted that their are still some position battles going on, as they get closer to the regional tournament. By Tourney time they will have our nine strongest fielders and hitters on the field. They are still hoping for a few other kids to step up and give the team some more possibilities when different pitchers are on the mound. As game two wrapped up, the Night Hawks ended on top with an 8-1 victory.
Christopherson picked up his first win of the year for the Hawks. Jacob Dix picked up a big 2-run triple for the Hawks in the fourth inning. Other contributors were Jaxon Mellmer going 2-for-2 and two runs scored. Mack Buckmier got out of a slump with a 3-for-3 night with two doubles and two runs scored. Kyle Burwick, Brett Christopherson, Jarad Mattis and Hudson Pierce each picked up hits in the game.
Next up for the Night Hawks will be Home Games on Monday, May 16 vs Hazen at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 17 vs Washburn at 3:30 p.m. Come out to Mirror Lake Stadium and watch a young Night Hawks team move their way up the Region 8 standings. The Region 8 Tournament will be in Bismarck this year May 23-26 at Shiloh Christian.