It was a fast and furious game when the Snowhawks were back at Snowshoe Park Monday night.
The Coaching Allstars were up next on Monday, July 29, where the Snowhawks won the game by a wide margin 22-6.
The Allstars went down in order and up to bat was the Snowhawks. Back-to-back hits by Jacob Hodgdon and Cole Punches started the inning off right. Gunner Dunbar also singled and three runs scored. It was a quick 3-0 start.
“Right from the start we kind of answered back and they had a few errors here and there that got through. We put on a hitting clinic after that, a lot of sharp hits, long balls, balls hit in the right places,” player-coach Jeff Smith explained.
It was time for the Allstars to put together their own inning in the second. Two hits by Travis Syverson and Sid Hunter scored two and it was 3-2. The Snowhawks didn’t score in the second and it was the Allstars turn in the third.
Matt Kreagar started it off with a single. Follow that with a Dom Caroselli single of his own and they were in business. But it was the Snowhawks’ defense that was stout, turning a double play off the bat of Ian Schwanda. No runs scored.
“They hit to our guys a lot. We had a few double plays that got out of a few innings,” Smith said. “They could not convert on any of those baserunners that they had.”
The Snowhawks were back to their usual tricks in the bottom of the third. Derek Young and Billy Kuckkahn drove in runs and the Snowhawks extended their lead to 6-2.
Michael Wilhelm scored the lone run for the Allstars in the top of the fourth and the score was now 6-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, both Dustin Schowalter and Todd Niemuth got in the action with a couple hits of their own. They rounded the bases to score and in total four runs scored. Snowhawks led 10-2.
“It looked like everyone got a few hits, even down to the end of the night,” Smith said.
The fifth inning was the big one. Dunbar hit a home run and in total five runs came to score. Schowalter added in a sacrifice fly and it was 15-2 Snowhawks.
The Coaching Allstars had been quiet offensively for awhile, but they were able to put something together in the seventh inning.
Todd Christianson hit a double. Caroselli and Schwanda both singled and the Allstars were in business. Wade Wentland singled as well and three runs came home to score. They were still down big.
“I really thought this was going to be a barn burner to the end,” Smith said.
The Snowhawks scored their final runs in the bottom of the seventh. Nick Merckx scored two runs on his third hit of the ballgame. Everything was coming together and the Snowhawks won 22-6.
Look for more Snowhawks baseball to come when they play Smiley’s Pub at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5 at Snowshoe Park.
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