Hawks hammer ball, Nevada

Four players had multiple hits and three girls drove in multiple runs last night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex in Jewell, as the South Hamilton softball team rocked Heart of Iowa Conference rival Nevada, 10-6, for its first win of the season.

Nevada led 5-2 after 4 innings, but the Hawks (1-2, 1-0 HOIC) exploded on pitcher Alex Van Dam with six hits in the bottom of the fifth.

South Hamilton finished with 13 hits.

“The girls came out with a different look in their eyes,” South Hamilton head coach Laura Read said. “I think they really wanted to get after it in this game.”

Kenzie Busch led off the fifth with a single and then finished off a seven-run spurt with a two-RBI single later in the frame. Carly Swenson roped a 2-RBI single down the left-field line and Ady Wintermote cranked a bases loaded, bases clearing double.

Swenson also doubled in the game and collected four RBIs. Wintermote had two hits.

Kali Lucas led the offense with four base knocks, including a double. Tiffany Jacobson also found the gap for a double.

Wintermote picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle. The freshman allowed 10 hits and was hurt by six Hawk errors.

South Hamilton will be at Saydel Friday night.