Blackhawk batters battle back, fall short in 7th

The Blackhawk Spring baseball team got it’s season off to a start last Wednesday, March 31.  The local team traveled to Huron to play Huron’s high school team.  Mason Schelske was assigned the start in game one.  The first inning saw Huron score three runs on only one hit, but were helped by a couple of Blackhawk errors.  The Blackhawks got on the board themselves in the top of the third inning.  After a Dylan Schimke single, a Tyler Kole walk and a passed ball, Schelske plated both runners with a single up the middle.  But Huron quickly responded with three more runs in the bottom of the third, and two more in the bottom of the fourth.  But the Blackhawks weren’t going to go quietly.  They would muster a single run in the fifth, and two more in the seventh before leaving the bases loaded to end the game.  Final score was Huron 8, Blackhawks 5.  

Schelske pitched three innings in the game.  He allowed six runs (three earned) on five hits, walked one and struck out eight.  He was relieved by Quinten Christensen (two runs on one hit, walked three, struck out two in two innings) and Gerritt Brandenburg (no runs on no hits, walked two, struck out one in one inning).  Offensively, the Blackhawks were paced by Dylan Schimke’s four hit day.  He also scored three times.  Carson Hainy and Schelske both added two hits each.  Schelske’s two hits netted four runs-batted-in.  Christensen had the other hit for the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks didn’t have long before they would get a chance at getting into the win column.  On Friday, April 2, they played host to Elkton in the year’s first region action.  The Blackhawks sent sophomore Coen Harvey to the mound for the first time this season.  But the early game struggles for the home team continued.  Despite getting the first three batters to hit into ground balls, Harvey allowed Elkton to plate two runs in the top of the first.  The visitors put together three more runs in the second inning to stretch the lead to 5-0.  The Blackhawks offense kept getting base runners, but couldn’t quite push any runs across until the bottom of the fourth.  The defense was able to keep Elkton in check behind the relief pitching of Tyler Kole.  In the fourth, Carson Hainy got things going with a hard single up the middle.  Hainy was forced at second on a fielder’s choice.  After the second out, Draven Thompson got hit by a pitch, Cade Mohling and Cooper Hainy both singled and scored the first two runs of the game.  Dylan Schimke continued his hot hitting with a double past the left fielder.  Mohling and Hainy scored to make the score 5-4.  The Blackhawks scored tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Mason Schelske scored on a single by Gerritt Brandenburg.  The score stayed 5-5 until the top of the seventh when Elkton’s lead-off batter hit a solo home run that turned out to be the difference in the game.  

The Blackhawks had eight of their nine starters get hits in the game.  Cade Mohling had two singles to lead the offense.  The home team out hit the visitors despite the loss.  Harvey pitched an inning and two-thirds, gave up five runs (three earned) on three hits, walked three and struck out three.  Tyler Kole went three and one-third inning of shut out baseball.  He walked four and struck out four.  Gerritt Brandenburg pitched the last two innings.  Gerritt gave up the one run on two hits and struck out three.

The boys will be on the road next Saturday as they travel to Clark.