High School Baseball
Hawks roll past Weber School in five innings
by Doug Gorman
Heritage School baseball coach Lynn Huffstickler will be the first to admit his young team is still trying to find itself.
It would have been hard to tell it Tuesday afternoon after the Hawks (7-1-1, 1-0-1) rolled past the visiting Weber School Rams 11-1 in a GISA Region 1-AAA baseball game in contest called after five innings.
“We are still so young,” Huffstickler said. “We only have two seniors, and we really are still looking for the right combinations.”
Heritage’s youth was well served during Tuesday’s victory as the Hawks scored runs in every inning and out hit the Rams 11-3 in a game that was never close.
They also took advantage of three Weber errors.
Brian McKinney went the distance for the Hawks showing good control while striking out four, walking one and allowing the Rams to scatter just three hits.
“We played well enough to win,” Huffstickler said. “We did the things we had to do, stealing bases and we hit behind runners. We played good baseball.”
McKinney set the tone for the game striking out two batters in the top of the first.
Patrick Pitzer, Trevor Henson and Ben Cox all had RBIs in the first inning and the Hawks led the rest of the way.
The Rams scored their only run of the game in the second when Tyler Rabinowitz singled and scored on Max Wildstein’s base hit.
The Weber School loaded the base in the inning, but Heritage regrouped after McKinney’s strikeout for the first out of the inning.
Catcher Tristan Stoffle then turned in the defensive play of the game making a shoestring catch on a bunt attempt and then throwing the Rams batter out at third for the double play to end the inning and put on the scoring threat.
The Rams managed just one more base runner when McKinney hit a batter with two outs in the top of the third, but the Hawks retired the final seven batters to secure the victory.
Trevor Henson helped pace the offense for the Hawks with three RBIs.
His single in the bottom of the fifth drove in two runs and ended the contest by the 10-run mercy rule.
Leadoff hitter Brad Macke drove in two runs and reached all four times he came to the plate, including scoring twice. Pitzer also added two RBIs.
McKinney also helped his own cause with an RBI.
The Hawks took advantage of seven walks and also stole seven bases against the Rams.
Heritage’s region tie comes against Loganville, after darkness forced the game to be suspended earlier this year. It will only be made up if it has a bearing on the playoffs.
The Hawks play at rival Trinity Friday night.
“They have a good team,” Huffstickler said. “They have a new field they are proud of. It should be a very good game.”
HAWKS 11, RAMS 1
WEBER 010 00—133
HERITAGE 31232—11 11 1
WP — Brian McKinney
LP — Alex Kaye