After qualifying for the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs, the Hayward Hawks will open the WBA semifinals with a game in Rib Lake this Friday evening.
The second-seeded Hawks will face the host Rib Lake Osprey in a 7:30 p.m. game at Tannery Creek Ball Park. The winner of that game will advance to play the winner of a game between top-seeded Everest Merchants and La Crosse 35ers at noon Sunday, Aug. 11.
The winner of the Sunday game will advance to the WBA state finals tournament Aug. 16-18 in Menomonie.
Last Saturday, the Hawks played in the Independent League tournament in Spooner, where they topped the Haugen Hornets 7-3 in the semifinals, but lost 5-2 in the championship game to the Brill Millers.
Jake Sande started on the mound against the Hornets and pitched four innings, giving up three hits and three earned runs, striking out five and walking one. Austin Wessel pitched the last three innings, giving up two hits and no runs, striking out four and walking none.
Mike Siverling led the Hawks at the plate with a hit and three RBIs. Joe Dieckman had two hits, Jonah Sande had a hit and RBI, and Cory Yoder, Keith Heinz and Tom Danczyk had one hit apiece.
Later Saturday, the Hawks were held to six hits by Brill in the 5-2 loss. Tom Danczyk pitched all seven innings, giving up nine hits and two earned runs, striking out one and walking one.
Cory Yoder had two hits and an RBI, while Jason Rasmussen, Keith Heinz, Jake Sande and Sam Yoder had one hit apiece.