Heinlein tosses shutout, Howard bashes grand slam for Hawks in win

JEWELL – Lane Heinlein simply knows how to pitch against Prairie City-Monroe.

The South Hamilton senior right-hander tossed a complete-game four-hitter and fanned nine on Friday in a 7-0 victory over the Mustangs at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex.

In 14 innings of work against PCM (12-9, 6-6 HOIC) this season, Heinlein struck out 22 batters.

“Lane came out and dominated (on Friday),” South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell said. “All the credit goes to Lane because it’s hard to pitch to guys when they’ve seen you five or six times.”

South Hamilton (6-9, 3-8 HOIC) led 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning and with one swing put the game out of reach. With the bags stuffed, Devin Howard belted a Chase Keuning offering over the fence in left-center for a grand slam to push the cushion to seven runs.

“It was a no-doubter as soon as (Howard) made contact, and you could see PCM deflate afterwards,” Bell said. “It’s good to see him hitting the ball really well.”

Howard, JD Rader and Lucas Olson all had two hits each; Olson collected two RBIs. Heinlein laced a double, while Trevor Ullestad and Justin Shepherd both singled.

HAWKS WIN TOURNAMENT: The South Hamilton baseball team ran its winning streak to three games on Saturday by taking two games and the tournament title in Ogden.

The Hawks held on to beat Guthrie Center, 9-7, in the opening round and then knocked off ninth-ranked (Class 1A) Ogden, 5-3 in 8 innings, in the championship.

“We’re playing great baseball with a high level of confidence right now,” South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell said.

John Hegland and Trevor Ullestad delivered RBI singles in the top of the eighth to jump ahead of Ogden for good. Hegland pitched the seventh inning to get the win and Lane Heinlein took over in the eighth to earn the save.

The Hawks (7-9) ripped 13 hits in the title game. Hunter Griffin, Hegland and Ullestad all had three hits. Ullestad and Hegland both ripped a double and they combined for three RBIs. Lucas Olson also laced an extra-base hit.

Guthrie Center scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to put a scare into the Hawks in the opener. Josh Doering locked it down with a save; JD Rader was the winning pitcher.