Singin’ in the rain: Hawks double up Comets on stormy night at diamond

JEWELL – South Hamilton’s players may have been drenched, but they were also smiling following a Heart of Iowa Conference softball victory over a longtime rival last night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex.

The rain didn’t stop the Hawks from continuing to punish the ball, as they rattled off 11 hits in an 8-4 win over North Polk.

Six players recorded at least one hit; Carly Swenson piled up four hits and Ronnie Olson deposited one outside the fence.

“(The players) have exceeded my expectations (on offense) and I only foresee it going up, and it’s nice that everybody is contributing in the lineup.” South Hamilton head coach Laura Read said. “You can see the confidence and we’re seeing the ball really well.”

South Hamilton (2-4, 2-2 HOIC) took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third inning and then ran away from the Comets (0-7, 0-4 HOIC) with a four-run fifth. Olson tagged a Stevi Jackson offering for a two-run home run to center field in the fifth and Tiffany Jacobson also drove in a run with a triple.

Jacobson also singled, as did Kali Lucas and Kenzie Busch. Alyssa Hegland contributed a pair of base knocks; Swenson swatted three singles and a double.

North Polk got to Hawks’ pitcher Ady Wintermote early, but the freshman settled down over the final two innings to preserve the win. Wintermote allowed 11 hits and fanned eight.

“Ady continued to get stronger as the game went on,” Read said. “I was proud of how they came out and played in the weather. I didn’t hear a single girl complain … they just played through it.”

South Hamilton will take a road trip south tonight to take on Colfax-Mingo at 7:30 p.m.