Tuesday’s game against Seckman was a heartbreaker for Hillsboro Freshman Baseball, as the Hawks lost the lead late in a 10-3 defeat. They were hanging right with the Jaguars until the sixth inning where a few self-inflicted baserunners scored and started a rally that the Hawks could not recover from.
Sam Wahl got the start and pitched five innings, striking out six, walking one and giving up four runs (one earned)on six hits. Dom Sutton came in to close in the sixth.
Seckman struck first in the top of the first, scoring two runs on a single and an error, but Hillsboro capitalized on their opponent’s mistakes and quickly evened the score. Cohen Linderer drew a walk and Sutton, Gavin Hite and Max Deranja all dropped in singles to tie the game at 2-2.
The Jaguars were held quiet in the second inning and the Hawks were able to take a 3-2 lead in their frame thanks to a leadoff single from Logan Johnston, who turned right around and stole second base. Hayden Hoskins moved him to third on an infield single and Wahl drove him in on a fielder’s choice.
Both teams were held quiet until the fifth inning where Seckman was able to tally two more runs to take back the lead. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Jaguars were able to break the game open in the sixth through a combination of errors in the field and timely hitting. Hillsboro dropped the game 10-3
The second game this week fared much better for the Hawks. A complete game from Jack Prince allowed Hillsboro to shut down the De Soto Dragons in a 2-1 pitchers duel. Prince threw a one-hitter, striking out four and allowing three walks.
Sutton scored the first run of the game in the fourth on a passed ball after roping a double to center field and advancing to third on a fielder’s choice. Caleb Quigley scored the winning run in the fifth where he tagged a double to center field. Aiden Black moved him over to third in a productive ground out and then Quigley took home as soon as he could.
The Dragons scored their only run of the game in the top of the seventh with a baserunner who reached on an error, then stole his way home. Ultimately though, it was not enough, and the Hawks took the game 2-1. Deranja, Quigley, Sutton, and Richard Wiethop each collected a hit in the low-scoring affair.
Hillsboro Freshman face Fox on Monday May 3rd, then have a rematch against this same De Soto team the next day.