A few years ago in their annual game with the Wood Ducks, the Snowhawks found themselves down nine runs in the final inning before rallying for 10 runs to claim the stunning the victory.
It’s game the Wood Ducks have never forgotten about, according to Snowhawks manager Don Hilgendorf.
“Since then, they’ve always wanted to beat us and to get back at us for doing that to them,” Hilgendorf said.
The Wood Ducks will have to wait another year for a chance to get back at the Snowhawks.
The Snowhawks put on an offensive clinic, piling up 26 runs in a 26-8 slugfest last Monday.
“The Wood Ducks have some good ball players, but we were just on fire offensively (Monday),” Hilgendorf said.
After the Wood Ducks scored five runs in the top half of the first inning, the Snowhawks responded with six runs of their own in the home half of the innning and never trailed after that.
The Wood Ducks briefly tied it at 6-6 in the top of the second on a Wade Wentland run, but the Snowhawks responded by scoring the game’s next six runs over the next two and a half innings.
Two more runs by the Wood Ducks in the top of the fifth closed the deficit to 12-8, but the Snowhawks forcibly closed the door by scoring the last 14 runs off the game, including seven in the bottom of the fifth and six in the bottom of the seventh.
The Wood Ducks went down in order in the top of the eighth when the game was called due to impending bad weather.
“Our guys really hit the heck of out of the ball, and you always like to see that,” Hilgendorf said.
Ten of the 11 players who saw time for the Snowhawks scored a run, while six different players registered an RBI.
Jordan Schmidt had a monster game for the Snowhawks, finishing with eight RBI and scoring four runs. Todd Niemuth added four RBI and two runs, Tom Ziemba scored four runs and had an RBI, Jeff Smith scored four runs, John Konopacky had three RBI, and Craig Holmquist added three runs for the Snowhawks.
Matt Meyer had two RBI and Tom Ryden scored two runs for the Wood Ducks.
The Snowhawks concluded their 2014 season with a game against Zimmy’s All-Stars Monday night. It was their annual food pantry game. For the game story, check out Friday’s edition of The Lakeland Times.
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