The Night Hawk baseball team added another important win to their record with a 6-3 victory over Washburn/Wilton/Center-Stanton (WWCS) on May 11.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Herald
The Night Hawks struck first in the first inning when Mason Defoe walked, stole second base and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Jarad Mattis started on the mound for the Night Hawks and was cruising through the first three innings facing only 10 batters. In the top of the fourth WWCS would get their first two batters on base with a single and a walk. Both ended up scoring without a base hit with the help of a wild pitch, past ball, a ground ball out and a sacrifice bunt.
But the Night Hawks would plate five runners in the fifth inning as they were aided by four walks and an error. Hudson Pierce would drive in one run with a sacrifice fly to center field and Kyle Burwick would slip a ball between the third baseman and shortstop to drive in two runs. Burwick had the only hit in the inning.
WWCS appeared ready to either tie or go ahead in the seventh inning. Mattis would get the first two batters out on a strikeout and a ground ball. The next two batters would single and the third batter would reach base on an error which brought in one run. After walking the next batter and loading the bases he was relieved by Defoe. Defoe quickly got the third out on a high fly ball to the first baseman.
Mattis would pick up the win giving up five hits, striking out six and walking four. WWCS would use three pitchers with Trevor Schreiner going the first two innings before being replaced with Karson Becker and Braydee Hanson relieved him in the pivotal fifth inning. Karson would absorb the pitching loss. I had the Night Hawks with only two base hits but received seven walks.