Hawks get by Norse on Swenson’s walk-off hit

JEWELL – South Hamilton may have given up the lead, but that doesn’t mean the Hawks lost their confidence last night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex.

Trailing since the first inning, Roland-Story scored two runs in the top of the seventh to force extra innings, but South Hamilton never wavered and eventually won, 3-2, in the ninth on a walk-off RBI base hit down the left-field line by Carly Swenson.

“I think it shows a lot of strength in our offense and defense at the end of the year,” South Hamilton head coach Laura Read said of her team’s never-give-up attitude. “We’ve lost a lot of close games, so I think this is a turning point and the girls can use it for confidence and take it into the postseason.”

Tiffany Jacobson led-off the ninth inning with an infield base hit. Kayla Lucas sacrifice bunted her to second and a passed ball got her to third.

That set the stage for Swenson, who drilled the Erin Nuetzman offering just inside the baseline to start the celebration.

Both teams finished with 10 hits and neither committed a defensive error.

Lucas went 4-for-4 with a double at the top of the order for South Hamilton (12-14, 9-6 HOIC). Swenson laced a pair of singles; Ady Wintermote, Alyssa Hegland and Leandra Diersen added singles.

Wintermote went all nine innings in the circle to earn the win. She struck out two Roland-Story (10-16, 6-9 HOIC) batters and walked just one.

South Hamilton will have a quick turnaround, as it will host Gilbert in a conference doubleheader this morning at 10 a.m.