Mustangs go of for 18 runs, knock off Hawks on baseball diamond

JEWELL – The South Hamilton baseball team continued to try to work out the kinks on the mound Monday night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex.

It’s going to take some time though.

The young and inexperienced pitching staff struggled again, as the Hawks gave up 10 hits, walked 13 batters and hit three others in an 18-8 loss to PCM in Heart of Iowa Conference play.

South Hamilton (1-5, 0-3 HOIC) collected eight hits, including a double and two RBIs for Caleb Olson. Trey Woodall went 2-for-4 with an RBI; Hunter Griffin, Landon Quam, Colton Griffin, Drake Thompson and Jake Hand all added singles. Thompson produced two RBIs; Woodall, Colton Griffin and JD Rader plated one run each.

“We hit the ball well, but it was one of those nights where they hit it softly where we weren’t and we hit it hard right to their players,” South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell said. “To our pitchers, we just keep preaching to pitch to contact and let the defense work.”

Ryan Harris didn’t get any hits, but he did get hit – plenty – in the loss. The South Hamilton catcher was plunked in each of his four plate appearances – twice in the back and twice in the foot.

Austin Brown picked up the win on the mound for PCM (3-1, 3-1 HOIC). Thompson suffered the loss.

South Hamilton will travel to Alleman tonight to take on second-ranked (Class 2A) North Polk.