Hawks Defeat Hampden-Sydney and Middlebury
Montgomery, Alabama – The Hawks, now 7-2 overall defeated Hampden-Sydney 12-2 in seven innings and beat Middlebury 16-12.
Game One: Huntingdon 12 – Hampden-Sydney 2
Jacob McFarling pitched a complete seven innings for the Hawks and began the game with two strikeouts in the first inning. Offensively after a Baron Brack walk, Colin Whibbs earned his 100th career hit with a single to right field. Noah Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Brack for the Hawks first run of the night. Hampden-Sydney tied the game in the top of the second after a single to center with one on base (1-1). The Hawks, Christian Lasecki answered with a double to bat in Matthew Robinson to take back the lead (2-1).
Huntingdon began to take over in the bottom in the third and fourth with five runs (7-1). Scoring one more run in the top of the fifth, Hampden-Sydney had no answer for the Hawks. Cade Morgan's three run triple to center field alongside McFarling's nine strikeouts for the night, sealed the game with an eight-run lead (10-2). Now Huntingdon looked for two more runs to end the game in seven. Those two runs came off a balk that scored Morgan and a Noah Phillips single to score Lasecki in the bottom of the seventh.
Hawks Top Performers:
#19 Colin Whibbs – 4-4, 2 Runs, RBI
#6 Christian Lasecki – 2-3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2B, SB
#7 Hall Billings – 2-4, 1 Run, SB
#34 Jacob McFarling – 7 IP, 5 Hits, 2 Runs, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
Game Two: Huntingdon 16 – Middlebury 12
The high scoring game began with a three run homerun from the Panthers of Middlebury in the top of the first inning. However, after two singles from Daniel Phillips and Jabez Sampson, Colin Whibbs scored them both off a two run single to center field (3-2). With two outs and bases loaded, Hall Billings tripled to right field for three RBIs and to take the lead at 5-3.
Michael Driver and Bradley Ward held of the Panthers in the second inning and boosted the Hawks to explode offensively. Huntingdon added four more runs in the second inning after again finding the bases loaded, Noah Phillips was hit by a pitch to score a run. Patton singled to left field to bat in Sampson and the last two runs were scored off a wild pitch and a fielder's choice (9-3).
Middlebury claimed the third inning with another homerun, this time only brining in two runs. Gavin Gomez would relieve Ward on the mound in the third. After scoring off a walk, the bases still remained full for the Panthers, who took advantage with their third homerun of the game, a grand slam, to take the lead at 10-9.
Undisturbed the Hawks answered in the fourth with three runs of their own to claim back their lead (12-10). With Seth Killam on the mound for the Hawks, he took control defensively. In his six innings pitched he held off the Panthers to one run as the Hawks continued to score. His nine strikeouts lifted the Hawks over Middlebury.
Hawks Top Performers:
#12 Daniel Patton – 3-4, 2 Runs, RBI
#7 Hall Billings – 2-5, 5 RBIs, 3B
#57 Jabez Sampson – 3-5, 3 Runs, SB
#6 Christian Lasecki – 2-4, 1 Run, 3B
#10 Seth Killam – 6.1 IP, 5 Hits, 1 Run, 1 ER, 9 K
The Hawks return to action tomorrow at Neal Posey field to take on Millsaps at 2:00 PM CST.