The Hillsboro Hawks Varsity Baseball team fell to the Farmington Knights 14-4 on Monday, falling behind early and never quite recovering. Ten of the Knights’ 14 runs were scored in the first two innings, with eight of them reaching base on a walk, hit by pitch or an error. Hillsboro was able to stop the bleeding later in the game, and attempted to claw their way back in, but it was too little, too late.
The self-inflicted damage started right away in the bottom of the first inning after the Hawks went down in order. Then in the bottom half of the inning, three batters in a row were walked, followed by a single, a hit by pitch and a balk. After a fielder’s choice down the left field line, another batter was walked before Hillsboro was able to stop the damage, leaving the score at 6-0.
Connor Jenkins started off the top of the second with a single, but the Hawks were unable to capitalize. Unfortunately the bottom of the second began in a similar fashion as the first. A leadoff error, followed by a single, two more errors and a walk, resulted in four runs being scored by the time the dust settled. A 10-0 deficit awaited the Hawks in the top of the third.
Both teams were held to zero runs in the third, but the fourth inning started with a Gabe King single and a Noah Shuman hit by pitch. Jenkins scored King with another single and the Hawks were on the board. Austin Romaine reached base on a walk, and Shuman and Jenkins were able to score on a solid hit by Jase Stewart. Romaine scored on a passed ball to end the scoring in the fourth, leaving the score at 10-4.
Unfortunately for Hillsboro, after getting two outs in the fifth, another run was walked in, making the score 11-4. The Hawks weren’t able to get another rally going, and gave up another three runs in the sixth. Two more Knights reached base via walks and then scored on errors.
“We really put ourselves in a hole early and just couldn’t get out of it,” said Head Coach Kevin Lucas, “Once they took their starting pitcher out we tried to put something together in the 4th, but four runs was all we could score.”
The Hawks will take on Potosi on Tue Apr 6th before a home-and-home series against De Soto on Thursday, Apr 8th and Friday Apr 9th.