The Hillsboro Hawks dropped the opener of their baseball season, but after a brief rainy stretch with some cancelled games, they seemed to have found their footing. This young squad has just ripped off three wins in three consecutive days, and they appear to be ready to keep on rolling.
The first win of the season came on Monday in Farmington, and the Hawks took care of the Knights 6-2. They followed that up with a home-opening win against Seckman 4-1 on Tuesday, before dispatching St. Clair 3-0 on Wednesday in Hillsboro as well.
The Hawks jumped out early against Farmington with an RBI-groundout in the first from Dominic Sutton, but the home team answered with two in the third to take a 2-1 lead. Hillsboro fought back though, as Zach Reynolds blasted a solo shot to left to tie it up at 2-2. An Aidan Roland RBI-double then put the Hawks up 3-2 and they never looked back.
They added two more in the fifth and one in the seventh to cruise to the 6-2 victory and their first win of the season. Gavin Hite got the start and the win by tossing 4.2 innings with five Ks. He allowed a pair of runs but both were unearned. Reynolds came in to clean up the final 2.1 IP and dominated with six Ks and just one hit allowed.
Reynolds was the offensive star as well with a 2-for-4 performance, which included the home run, and Jaxin Patterson ran wild with a 2-for-4 day that included a pair of runs scored and three steals.
Finally, on Tuesday the Hawks got to play in their friendly confines. They went down 1-0 in the third to Seckman, but Patterson doubled, advanced to third and then stole home to tie it up. Then in the fourth Kobe Stacy singled in a run before Sutton doubled in another for a 3-1 lead.
The Hawks would tack on an insurance run in the six with an RBI single from Patterson, and that was all they would need to complete the 4-1 victory.
Well, that and some nifty pitching. Keenan Drury dominated on the mound, nearly throwing a complete game with 6.2 innings of one-run ball. He allowed five hits and walked two against six strikeouts and eared the victory. Dane Dickemann got the final out for the save.
Offensively Patterson and Sutton got it done again with two hits, an RBI and a stolen base apiece.
The third game of the win streak came against the St. Clair Bulldogs, and the Hawks jumped them early. They used a run on a passed ball in the first inning and some great pitching to take a 1-0 lead that they would never relinquish.
No one would score again until the sixth inning, when Patterson punched the insurance ticket and then some with a two-RBI double to put Hillsboro up 3-0. St. Clair came up empty in the final frame and the Hawks had done it again.
Sutton was brilliant in his start, spinning 4.2 hitless innings where his only blemish was a walk. He fanned seven and got the win before Reynolds came on in his fireman role and fanned three of the five batters he faced for the clean-sheet save.
Patterson was still on fire in this one with a 3-for-4 performance that featured two RBI and two steals. Sutton had a pair of hits and a pair of steals as well to go along with his strong performance on the bump.
This was quite a turnaround from the 8-2 opening loss on the season. The Hawks appear to be rejuvenated and are now 3-1. They will look to keep the line moving on Friday as they take on the dangerous St. Louis Patriots.