Sean Quill ’13
As the baseball season continues, so do the wins. After Thursday’s game on March 14, the Hawks bumped their record up to 3-0 with a win over Mahar. The game ended in a 6-5 victory against the Mahar Senators.
During the third inning, Greg Hannum and Jamie Garand were on base as Robby Cooke drove them both in on a 0-2 count. Garrison Banas then hit in Cooke to gain a 3-1 lead in the third inning.
After no runs scored in the fourth inning, Evan Delaney hit Cooke home earning an RBI with a double. Banas followed Delaney with a single to first and hitting in Delaney to take a commanding 5-1 lead after the end of the fifth inning.
Mahar didn’t take this lead well. In the sixth inning and Mahar’s Greg Richard up to bat, Richard hit a 4 run home-run to tie up the score. The Hawks responded by scoring one more run in the win the game 6-5.
“I think we’re doing well and getting better each game,” says injured baseball player Andrew Bemben.
Junior, Aiden Barret, started the game pitching for the Hawks on Thursday. He struck out three batters and did a great job pitching. Barret pitched 5 1/3 innings and Tim Knightly finished the game pitching that last 1 2/3 innings. Knightly entered the game after Mahar’s Greg Richard tied up the score. Knightly says, “I was nervous because it was the first time I had pitched in a varsity game, but I knew I had to play pass the nerves and accept the situation I was in.” To end the game, Andy O’Loughlin hit a hard grounder to first. Banas made an outstanding driving catch and tagging first himself to wrap up the game.
“Everyone did their job, we played hard until the last inning when it was down to the wire. I personally feel like this close game was needed so the team could realize that winning isn’t always easy and we need to always work hard to get better,” says center fielder Jamie Garand.
Photo credit: Linda Hannum