The Hayward Hawks posted an Independent League win over the Haugen Hornets, but lost league games to Brill and Spooner in the past week to drop to 4-2 in league play and 6-3 overall.
On Saturday, June 29, the Hawks rallied from five runs down to tie the Spooner Cardinals at 7-7 after nine innings at Larry Somerville Field, but couldn’t seal the deal and lost in 12 innings, 8-7. The Hawks had several chances to win the game, especially in the bottom of the 11th inning when they loaded the bases with only one out, but a ground ball and a pop up ended the threat.
The Hawks struggled all night on defense, committing a season-high seven errors. Starting pitcher Tom Danczyk gave up seven hits and three earned runs in seven innings, walking two and striking out two. Phil Zeigle pitched four innings, giving up three hits and no runs, walking two and striking out one. Sam Yoder pitched one inning and took the loss, giving up one unearned run, walking three and striking out one.
Paul Danczyk had two doubles and drove in a run, Keith Heinz and Tom Danczyk each had two hits and RBI, while Terry Kilmer had a double, and Josh Kanters (RBI), Jake Sande and Cory Yoder had one hit apiece. Jason Rasmussen also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Kilmer and Kanters each had a sacrifice.
The loss knocked the Hawks out of first place in the league.
On Friday, June 28, the Hawks defeated the Haugen Hornets 12-2 in Haugen, banging out 19 hits on the night. Terry Kilmer had three hits, including a double and drove in three runs, while Paul Danczyk and Tom Danczyk collected three hits and two RBIs apiece. Keith Heinz, Josh Kanters (RBI) and Cory Yoder each had two hits, while Phil Zeigle, Jason Nowak, Jake Sande and Marshall Kennell had one hit apiece.
Cory Yoder tossed eight innings to earn the win, giving up six hits and two earned runs, striking out five and walking none.
On Wednesday, June 26, the Hawks suffered their first league loss when they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Brill Millers in a game at Haugen. The loss was the Hawks’ fifth in a row and seventh in the last eight against Brill. Kyle Cummings went eight innings to take the loss, giving up eight hits and three earned runs, striking out two and walking two.
The Hawks managed only five hits in the game and their only run was unearned. Tom Danczyk had two hits, including a double, while Zeigle, Kilmer and Heinz had one hit apiece.
The Hawks will have a chance to avenge the loss when they host the Millers at Somerville Field on Friday, July 12.