Baseball was back in Wessington Springs Wednesday night. The local Blackhawk baseball team took the field against the visiting team from Madison. The Blackhawks gained a quick lead with two runs in the bottom of the first on four consecutive walks and two wild pitches. But the lead changed hands in the top of the second for good. Madison tallied nine runs in the top of the second, aided by six hits and two Blackhawk errors. The margin was too much for the home team to overcome, despite playing well the rest of the seven-inning game. The Blackhawks scored one in the bottom of the second and two in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double by Draven Thompson. Madison won the game 12-5. “We continue to have that one bad inning. If we can overcome that hurdle, we will be tough to beat,” Coach Hainy stated.
Gerritt Brandenburg started and pitched quite well excluding the second inning. He went four innings giving up 10 runs (four earned) on 10 hits, struck out three, and only walked one batter. Cooper Hainy pitched the final three innings. He gave up two runs on three hits, walked two, and struck out three. Cooper, Mason Schelske, and Cade Mohling paced the offense with two hits each. Coen Harvey and Draven Thompson added one hit apiece.
On Sunday, the Blackhawks played host to Howard in another region game. Despite a late inning rally, the home team Blackhawks would come up short losing 9-6. Tyler Kole was the Blackhawks starting pitcher. Tyler pitched the first five innings. He allowed four runs (one earned) on two hits, walked six, and struck out six. Dylan Schimke pitched the final two innings. Offensively, Carson Hainy led the offense with two hits, including a double and two runs batted in. Cooper Hainy, Schimke, Draven Thompson, Coen Harvey, and Cade Mohling all added one hit to the attack.
The Blackhawks will travel to Bryant next Sunday for a double header with Hamlin and Webster.