SH baseball pays for its mistakes in loss to Raiders

JEWELL – The South Hamilton baseball team made just three defensive errors last night, but they were mighty costly in a Heart of Iowa Conference loss to CMB at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex.

The Raiders (3-5, 3-5 HOIC) jumped on the extra outs and scored six unearned runs in a 9-3 victory over the Hawks (1-10, 0-7 HOIC), who lost for the ninth straight time.

“Those six unearned runs are the thing that killed us,” South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell said. “Overall we played very well if you take out those three plays.”

Freshman Nathan Sogard gave everything he had on the mound. He allowed 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings, but only three earned runs. He walked two and struck out three before handing the ball off to relievers Nathan McSparin and Dugan Swenson.

“Nathan Sogard threw the best game on the mound that we’ve had all year,” Bell said. “He really stepped up and played to his full potential.”

Hunter Griffin drove in all three South Hamilton runs – one in the first inning and two in the third. He had a single, as did Trey Woodall, JD Rader and Landon Quam. Colton Griffin went 2-for-4.

South Hamilton will try to get on track tonight against its Hamilton County rival from up the road. Northeast Hamilton will come to Jewell for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference contest.