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Hawks AT Randolph Railcats!

May 28th, 2:00pm, 2017 - Randolph MN

Memorial Day weekend, the sun is shining, the temp is just crossing 70 and... and it's WINDY! Holy windy day today, but my it was a B E A YOOTEEFUL day for baseball.

The Hawks took it on the road for the first time this season to face the Railcats for the second time in 9 days. In the first meeting, the Hawks won 5-1, could they get the regular season sweep?

Holiday weekends are always tough on small town teams. Many of their players take advantage of the 3 day weekend to travel. This was no exception. Before the game, Hawks skipper Shawn Matson said "It's going to be an interesting day, we need the guys to battle hard and play well cause we don't have much on the bench." he was right. The only bench guys available were himself and Nick Horsch, and Nick is still on IR from his shoulder separation earlier this season. "It's going to be fine, I trust our guys, and Pfeffer will be riding in to the rescue part way in to the game."

The first inning saw the first 2 Hawks batters sit down fairly quickly. The guy batting in the 3 hole changed that. Jordan Jeske (#17) got a free ride to first on a 5 pitch walk and he made that sting. With Jeske on first, Ben Bundschu (#25) took ball one and that was all he needed to see. The second Otte pitch was right where Bunschu wanted it. "I thought it was going over." Bundschu said after the game, but instead, his hard hit fly ball to left center landed at the fence and Jeske turned on the Jets to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead. Bundschu had a stand up double. Curt Caneff (#7) also drove the 2nd pitch he saw in to left field, it looked as though it was going to get by the left fielder so Bundschu rounded third. It's at that point, he realized his mistake, and before he could make it safely back to third, he was tagged out ending the inning.

The bottom of the first ended up being a sketchy start for Jeske on the mound, he walked 3 of the first 4 batters he faced. "My fastball was just NOT there " he said. "I struggle with it all day for some reason, but my curve was just lights out. I felt like I was able to put that where ever I wanted." Which is likely why he had loaded the bases with just one out. He finished the inning strong though and no runs were scored thanks to his defense.

The next few innings were fairly uneventful, 2-1 after 4, 3-1 after 5 and 5-2 after 7. This is where it got interesting. No, not Elmwood Expos interesting, we knew you were going there!

The Railcats made a pitching change in the top of the 8th to Phil Otto. His first batter to face was John Peterson (#26) who has only had a few Class B games under his belt. This was a battle at the plate, 9 pitches, 3 balls and 5 fouls before Peterson made a solid connection, and boy was it solid. The ball launched off his bat and from the press box it looked like it went 350 feet almost straight up. Now, remember that we said it was a windy day? The Railcats left fielder was moving around like he had a bead on the ball. He positioned himself with confidence. moved a couple feet as an adjustment and then turned around like he just lost his jock trying to tackle Delvin Cook. The windy carried the ball so wildly, there was no way he was going to catch it if it landed in the outfiled. It didn't and Peterson had his and the Hawks first home run of the season. A lead off dinger that even had our play by play guy, Announcer Bruce Karnick confused. "Did that go over?" he was heard saying on the broadcast "I think that went over... IT DID! HOME RUN FOR JOHN PETERSON!" Wes Hedlund (#1) was next up and he didn't even get to swing the bat as he was hit by the first pitch. Next up, Sam Skoyen (#14) who took the first pitch strike just to get a good look at the new pitcher. That look was all he needed. Next pitch Sam drove it deep to left field, there was no doubt, that baby was GONE! 2 RUN SHOT! That extended the Hawks lead 8-2.

The Railcats scored 2 more in the 9th to make it 8-4, but they just didn't have enough offense in their bats today to rally back.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E L
Hastings Hawks 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 8 15 2 10
Randolph Railcats 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 7 2 15
WP: Jordan Jeske, LP: Scott Otte, SP: -

After the game, Matson told the guys "I'm proud of how you guys battled out there today. We played well and beat a good team. Let's carry that momentum in to tomorrow's game."

In his post game interview, Jeske quipped "Give me some love in the recap!" and followed that up with "I knew I was getting up there in pitches. My arm still felt good going in to the 7th, but my gut told me I probably shouldn't go out there. I had too. I knew our bench situation. Lots of tired arms and Pfeffer got here late, so he wasn't warmed up like the rest of us, so I had to fight through it. I was pretty gassed."

Jeske finished the day with 141 pitches. 74 Balls, 67 strikes and an ERA of just 3 on 6 innings pitched. He struck out 8 and walked 9.

Pfeffer's relief appearance was solid for a guy that hasn't pitched in a few years. "It felt good to throw and it was nice Matson had faith in me knowing it's been a while." Pfeffer stated. He finished with 5 strike outs and 2 walks on 55 pitches.

The Hawks return home tomorrow for the Memorial Day Classic at 2pm to face the Hampton Cardinals.

Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook, we know the weather forecast is not ideal for a game. Both managers have already discussed doing everything they can to play the game tomorrow, even if that means pushing it back a few hours. The game decision will be put up on twitter and facebook as soon as possible.

Hawks vs Eagan Bandits!

May 24th, 7:30pm, 2017 - Hastings MN

Eagan came to town and we knew they would be a difficult team to play as they were in the State playoffs last year. What we didn't know was just how FAST they are. Many of the balls we put in to play would have been great hits on slower teams, but not these guys. The lone RBI for the Hawks was Jordan Peoples (#10) in the 8th.

The next Hawks action is Sunday 5/28 AT Randolph followed up by our Annual Memorial Day game on Monday 5/29 at Veteran's Park against the Hampton Cardinals.

Full replay can be watched here.

Hawks vs Dundas Dukes!

May 21st, 2:00pm, 2017 - Hastings MN

Mother Nature has a funny way of showing how much she likes baseball... Game postponed due to weather. Again, watch this space for details on the reschedule. We'll also put it on Twitter and Facebook.

Hawks vs Randolp Railcats!

May 19th, 7:30pm, 2017 - Hastings MN

Finally after all the wet weather, we get to see some baseball! It was a clear black night, clear white moon and chilly! The game started out with the guys being a little rusty. Starting pitcher Eric Weber (#32) pitched 5 strong innings logging 3 stikeouts, 1 walk and no earned runs on 82 pitches. The 2nd inning is where the rust for the team really showed when 2 Errors and a passed ball allow the lone score for the Railcats.

The game was a pitchers duel all the way up to the bottom of the 6th with the score staying 1-0 in favor of the Railcats. Lead off batter Jake Dale (#6) hit a grounder to the right field gap for a single. Jaryd Marks (#39) had almost the exact same hit and advanced Dale to thirf. Jordan Peoples hit a ground ball to short scoring Dale, it was the perfct double play ball that was mishandeled enough to only get the fielders choice out at second on Marks. Curt Caneff (#7) copied Peoples hit and again it was mishandled by the short stop. This time his attempted recovery cost him an errant throw to first allowing Peoples to move to third and Caneff to reach first. Peoples would score during the next at bat on a wild pitch and the railcats would finally fight their way out of a crazy inning with the Hawks now leading 3-1.

The Hawks would add another run in the 7th and the 8th to extend the lead 5-1 and solidify their first CCVL victory moving to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in CCVL play.

Jaryd Marks notched the win on 63 pitches with 5 strikeouts, 2 walks and no runs allowed.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E L
Randolph Railcats 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 3 13
Hastings Hawks 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 - 5 7 3 7
WP: Jaryd Marks, LP: Maverick Carlson, SP: -

Next Hawks action is this Sunday 5/21 at 2:00pm against the Dundas Dukes.

The Hawks have another shot to take on Randolph IN Randolp on 5/28. First pitch of that game is scheduled for 2:00pm

Full replay can be watched here.

River Falls Fighting Fish game Postponed.

May 17th, 7:30pm, 2017 - Hastings MN

The field is just too wet to play. We will let you know a make up date as soon as we have one.

Northfield Knights vs Hawks

May 14th, 2:00pm, 2017 - Hastings MN

It was "Bring your mom to the park" day to watch the Hawks take on the Northfield Knights in our first CCVL action of the year. It was not a good day for the Hawks.


Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E L
Northfield Knights 1 4 2 2 0 0 5 0 14 12 0 7
Hastings Hawks 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 5 4 2
WP: Jake Mathison, LP: Ben Bundschu, SP: -

The story of the game can be seen in our iScore replay here.

Elmwood Expos put up a fight!

May 12th, 7:30pm 2017 - Hastings MN

Simply put...

What started out as a pitchers duel for the first few innings, moved to a potential blowout with 6 runs in the 5th and 4 in the 6th for the Hawks. The crews were starting to clean up thinking the 10 run mercy rule would be activated after the 7th with the Hawks leading 12-2. By the end of the game, 432 pitches will have been thrown, 112 plate appearances happened, 7 batters would get hit by pitches and no one will believe those stats. But first lets rewind a little!

The first run came in the bottom of the 3rd when Dennis Reinhart (#24) made it to first due to an error on the third baseman and later scored on a balk. The Hawks starting pitcher, Eric Weber (#32) tossed 43 pitches and held the Expos to 3 scoreless innings. In fact, the Expos would not score their first runs until 1 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th.

In the 4th, Adam Medlicott (#16) made it to first on a freebie and later scored the second run of the game on a Nick Horsch (#9) single to right. Horsch would score two batters later when Jake Dale (#6) also singled to right.

In the 5th, the Hawks scored 6 more in a variety of ways. By this time, the score was 9-1 and a Hawks victory looked to be well in hand.

In the 6th, Elmwood brought the score up to 9-2 in their half of the inning, but the Hawks answered right back with 4 more in the bottom of the 6th. The score is now 13-2. We just need to get 3 outs while allowing no more than 1 run and it's game over. The way the game has gone thus far, it was a foregone conclusion. Now you are caught up!

The top of the 7th started with the Expos 7th batter and 17 batters later, the score would be 14-13 in favor of Elmwood.  You read that correctly, Elmwood would score 12 runs in the top of the 7th. The Hawks used 3 pitchers in the 7th. In the bottom of the 7th, the Hawks run machine did not slow down, they scored 5 runs to regain the lead 18-14

Elmwood added 2 more runs, 1 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th and Hastings added 3 more in the bottom of the 8th. The final score was 21-16, Hawks win.

The crazy stat lines are as follows.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E L
Elmwood Expos 0 0 0 0 1 1 12 1 1 16 12 6 9
Hastings Hawks 0 0 1 2 6 4 5 3 - 21 13 2 15
WP: Dennis Reinhart, LP: Jonah Lansing, SP: -

Game Length: 3hr 20m
Total Pitches Thrown: 432        Strikes: 219    Balls: 213
Total Plate Appearances: 112
Total Hit By Pitch: 7     5 Hawks Players Hit     3 were Nick Horsch
Total Strike Outs: 10
Total Walks: 23
Expos Team ERA: 14.62
Hawks Team ERA: 14.00

If you want to see how it all unfolded, you can watch our iScore replay here

Hawks vs Ellsworth Hubbers

May 7th, 2:00pm 2017 - Hastings MN

The Ellsworth Hubbers refused to bring cheese curds and ultimately, it cost them the game. Spencer Diedrich (#18) was heard in the dugout talking to Manager Shawn Matson (#2) after the Hubbers tied it up in the 8th, "They didn't bring the curds, you gotta let me pitch Moon, you just gotta!"  Matson did just that. He put Diedrich in to start the extra innings and he went a quick 1,2,3, striking out the final batter he faced. In the bottom of the 10th, Diedrich was pacing, hoping to finish his revenge when Ben Bundschu grounded into a 5-3 out. The next batter Jordan Jeske (#17) hit a routine grounder to the second baseman, it looked like it was going to be an easy out, but he bobbled the ball in transition allowing Jeske to reach on an error. The DH, Jaryd Marks (#39) hit a hard line drive to left off the 3rd pitch he saw and advanced Jeske to 2nd. That's when Diedrich said, "I'll teach you not to share your cheese curds." The first pitch he saw was almost a carbon copy of Marks' hit. A hard line drive to left and Jeske the Jet took off from 2nd. The throw home was made as Jeske was still 50 feet out, but it was wide to the first base side, so Jordan scored easily. Game over, Hawks win 7-6 in walk-off fashion in the 10th.

When approached after the game, the Hubbers manager simply said, "We'll bring cheese curds next time." and he refused to comment any further.

Full stats available here

Next Hawks Action. Friday May 12th, 7:30 at Veteran's Park

Hawks vs Spring Valley

May 5th, 2017 - Hastings, MN.

"Sorry folks, we won't be selling beer this year at Veterans park, We lost the opener" - Brian Schommer

Yes, it's true, The Hawks fell to the Hawks 6-3 on an opening night that started out with an amazing performance by the Pinecrest Elementary Choir singing the National Anthem. Sgt Nathan Meszaros of the MN National Guard delivered a strike for the ceremonial first pitch of the season, and the weather was PERFECT!

(Additional Pictures and Video on our new team Facebook Page)

The Spring Valley Hawks spoiled the opening night for Hastings with a long, 4 run inning in the 4th. Hawks pitcher Nick Horsch (#9) said after the game "My legs just ran out of gas, I should have known better with it being the first game of the year." His defense did not help him out with a couple costly errors. "It's our first game, unfortunately, mistakes are gonna happen, you just hope they don't cost you much." Skipper Shawn Matson said after the game. Until the 4th, Horsch was pitching great. He only allowed 2 hits, both in the 2nd with one of them rocketing off his left knee. "It didn't feel good, that's for sure," he said in the post game interview, "But it's fine now."

Hastings had the early lead after Jordan Jeske (#17) scored from third on a line drive by Spencer Diedrich (#18). That play was set up when Ben Bundschu (#25) hit a lead off single up the middle, Jeske reached on a fielder's choice, beating out the Double Play, then advanced to third on a single to right by Jaryd Marks (#39)

Horsch finished the game with 3 strike-outs, 1 walk, 2 earned runs on 56 pitches.
Diedrich handled the middle innings, with 6k's, 3 walks and no earned runs on 68.
Marks closed out the game stiking out 3, walking none and allowing no earned runs.

Offensive notables for Hastings:
Curt Caneff went 3 for 4 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
Diedrich was 3 for 5, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E L
Spring Valley Hawks 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 6 7 3 8
Hastings Hawks 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 10 3 13
WP: Taylor Prey, LP: Nick Horsch, SP: Brandon Walczak

Your next chance to catch Hastings in action is Sunday 5/7/17 @ 2pm when the Ellsworth Hubbers come to town. Looks like there will be an AUDIO broadcast to go along with the live stats broadcast!

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