Saydel stays in HOIC title chase by pummeling Hawks, 16-2, in 5 innings

JEWELL – Saydel made it look like batting practice Friday night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex, and all South Hamilton freshman pitcher Nathan Sogard could do was keep throwing strikes.

Sogard did all he could, but the Eagles found all the holes in the field and pounded out 17 hits in a 16-2, five-inning victory over the Hawks in Heart of Iowa Conference action.

“Nate Sogard threw strikes and they earned every single run they got,” South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell said. “We were kind of missing some locations that they took advantage of, but we played really good defense behind him.”

Saydel (13-3, 11-1 HOIC) broke up a scoreless game in a big way in the top of the third inning. The Eagles sent 14 men to the plate and scored 11 runs to put the Hawks (2-14, 0-11 HOIC) away.

Eagles’ senior hurler Brandon Hodges limited South Hamilton to just two hits. The Hawks scored both of their runs in the fourth on an RBI double off the bat of Caleb Olson and an RBI by Landon Quam.

Colton Schwerin added a single in the loss.

Saydel remained just a game behind second-ranked (Class 2A) North Polk atop the league standings. North Polk handed the Eagles their lone HOIC setback, 3-0.

South Hamilton will travel to Prairie City this evening for another league contest against PCM at 7:30 p.m.