KEOSAUQUA – Senior Jaden Hawk struck out nine and gave up just three hits in a 4-0 shutout Tuesday night in Van Buren.
The Hawks move to 4-0 on the year with the win.
Hawk gave up a single in the first and then retired the side in order in 2nd through 4th innings. He gave up just a two-out single to the Warriors’ Casey Yochum in the bottom of the fifth.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hawk found himself in the only real trouble of the night. Senior Tommy Adkins singled to center and then moved to 2nd on wild pitch. Taylor Sprouse then hit into a fielder’s choice, but Hawk was able to get Adkins at third. Hawk then fanned the next two Warriors to end the inning.
In the seventh, with the Hawks up 6-0, Hawk plunked Treyton Bainbridge to start the inning, but then struck out the next three hitters all looking at a third strike.
The Hawks put up three in the third inning when Evan Pohren started things off with a hard infield hit off Bainbridge at the mound. Hawk then wore a pitch moving Pohren to second.
Luke Simmons smashed a grounder to second that Van Buren couldn’t field cleanly driving in Pohren and Hawk. The two had executed a double steal on a 1-1 pitch with no outs to get in scoring position. Adam Boeck then singled to center to push courtesy runner Tommy Eschman to third.
Dylan Stueker then hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but Eschman scored on the turn. Kade Myhre would single with two outs and the bases empty, but Corbin Pohren would strike out to end the inning.
In the fourth, TJ Stutes hit a one-out single to right, and after two quick throws to first to keep him close, the senior swiped second before Evan Pohren would move him to third on a ground out to short. Hawk would come through with a two-out single to plate Stutes. Simmons would single again, but Boeck would fan leaving two on and the Hawks up 4-0.
The Hawks last two runs came in the top half of the sixth when Boeck sent one over the right field fence for two runs.
The Hawks (4-0, 3-0) travel to Lone Tree tonight for a match up with the Lions. Van Buren falls to 1-2 with the loss.
Hitting: Evan Pohren – 2 for 4, 1 run; TJ Stutes – 1 for 3, 1 run; Jaden Hawk – 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 run; Kade Myhre – 1 for 2; Dylan Stueker – 1 for 4; Adam Boeck – 2 for 4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 run; Luke Simmons – 2 for 3, 2 RBI. Pitching: Hawk – 7 innings, 9 Ks, 0 BB, 3 hits, 0 runs.