Youthful Hawks bow out of postseason early

STORY CITY – As was the story all season, hits were hard to come by for the youthful South Hamilton baseball team in its Class 2A District 5 quarterfinal-round clash against Iowa Falls-Alden Saturday evening at Roland-Story High School.

The Cadets didn’t have such problems.

Iowa Falls-Alden (7-17) got to Hawks’ starting pitcher Trey Woodall early and never let up in a 10-1 victory that sent the Cadets into tonight’s semifinals against fifth-ranked Roland-Story.

Three runs in the first inning put the Cadets in the driver’s seat. They tacked on three more runs in the third and plated an additional four an inning later.

South Hamilton (3-20) managed just two hits off Iowa Falls-Alden hurler Brandon Qualley; Woodall and Colton Schwerien both lashed singles. Qualley’s only troublesome inning came in the fourth when he walked two, which led to the Hawks’ lone run. Qualley fanned 11 batters.

Woodall allowed six runs before handing the ball off to reliever Nathan Sogard in the fourth inning. Sogard was charged with four runs.