Coming off a loss, the Lake Tomahawk Snowhawks showed no signs of a letdown this week.
Shamrock Pub and Eatery came to Snowshoe Park this week and the Snowhawks took control early, winning 19-12.
The Snowhawks put the pressure on early with six straight singles to begin the first. Five runs scored and right away they had a 5-0 lead.
“Everything came together,” player-coach Jeff Smith said. “Hits were dropping into places where no one was and that’s how it’s supposed to be and it finally came together.”
Shamrock came back in the third with one of their own. After a couple of singles to center, Joey Marshal hit one to left that was dropped. A run scored and it was 5-1.
Coming to the bottom of the third, the Snowhawks were relentless. Jeff Smith tripled to left to get things going. Then, Derek Young had an RBI single to center to make it 6-1.
Paul Miller then hit an RBI triple of his own and it was 7-1. Shamrock nearly had an out off the bat of Cole Punches, but it was dropped. Another run scored.
“Both sides did a great job,” Smith said. “It was fun to play that and the weather was perfect.”
Brent Cella hit an RBI double to score Punches. It was 9-1 Snowhawks. The inning finally concluded with the five-run rule when Ryan Schowalter singled to shallow left to score a run, compiling the score to 10-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, there was a spectacular play made by Shamrock’s defense. Smith hit a line drive right to pitcher Randy Robinson who snagged it out of thin air for the out. It was the second time he had caught such a line drive.
“We’re trying to put the ball over his head into center field and it got a little too low,” Smith said. “(We) never expected him to catch it and he made some amazing catches.”
The fifth saw another run for Shamrock. Marshal singled to center to score Nate Kiefer and the score was 11-2 in favor of the Snowhawks.
The Snowhawks blew the game open in the bottom half of the inning. Young singled to second followed by a Miller single to right. Punches drove one in with an RBI single himself.
Jacob Hodgdon continued the scoring with a sacrifice fly to make it 14-2. The final run came from an RBI single by Nick Merckx to make it 16-2.
Shamrock didn’t want to quit. They scored four of their own to even out the score at 16-6. It began with hits to shallow center by Brady Bruhl and Nick Cleveland.
“They did not quit. Shamrock came back towards the end of the game and put some across the plate,” Smith said.
Then Nick Pitterly singled home a run. Evan Olson kept the chains moving with an RBI single. The same thing happened with Tanner Lopez. The inning ended with two flouts.
Pitterly continued his success and drove in another in the seventh for Shamrock. They were still down big.
The story of the game came in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on first and second, Hodgdon hit an inside-the-park home run based off a couple of errors and overthrows. The score was 19-8 Snowhawks.
A couple more runs were scored in the eighth for Shamrock thanks to hits by Lopez and Kiefer. One of those runs was scored by Chase Redman.
The stands were packed and the crowd stuck around to continue what has been a growing tradition in Lake Tomahawk.
“We got a great group of guys and great community behind us for giving us help with the field and we enjoy it and I’m glad everyone else does,” Smith said.
The Snowhawks final game comes Monday, Aug. 26 against Lizzy T’s starting at 7:30 p.m. at Snowshoe Park.
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