No. 5 Norse spot SH lead, then pounce

STORY CITY – Through 21?2 innings, the South Hamilton baseball team looked poised to pull off a monumental upset here Monday evening.

But the feeling of euphoria were short lived.

Fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Roland-Story overcame an 8-3 deficit by piling up 19 runs in its final three at bats to run over the Hawks, 22-8 in six innings, in Heart of Iowa Conference play.

South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell pulled quite a few positives out of the game. His squad rocked the Norsemen for 11 hits and forced them to bring the ace of their pitching staff Zach Hovick to the mound in the third.

“When we were scoring runs we were executing extremely well. We were doing everything we wanted to do,” Bell said. “It was a great feeling when we were up 8-3 in the third inning … we won the first three innings and got slaughtered the last four innings.”

Hovick picked up the win on the bump. He also went 5-for-6 at the dish with a double, five runs scored and four RBIs.

Roland-Story (22-9, 11-5 HOIC) pounded out 18 hits off Hawk hurlers Trey Woodall, Nathan Sogard and Nathan McSparin. Woodall took the loss after working into the fifth inning.

“They’re very good,” Bell said. “But we played with them and forced them to bring in Hovick, so it’s a big confidence boost.”

Colton Griffin, Colton Schwerien, Landon Quam and Dugan Swenson all lashed two hits in the loss. Schwerien drove in two runs; Griffin and Quam plated one each.

Woodall, JD Rader and Caleb Olson added singles.

South Hamilton will wrap up the regular season on Thursday with a road trip to Alleman to take on top-ranked (2A) North Polk at 7:30 p.m.