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Hawks stay perfect at 5-0

Thursday, February 28, 2019

BASEBALL Middle School Tennis

Through back and forth weather conditions this past weekend, the Iowa Park Hawk baseball team went 4-0 at its own Invitational Tournament to improve to 5-0 on the season.

On Thursday, the Hawks scored 16 runs and allowed none for their opponents in wins over Amarillo Tascosa and Snyder.

On a misty Friday afternoon, Iowa Park turned back Bridgeport 10-3. A night game against Stephenville was called because of rain.

And on a windy Saturday, the Hawks capped off the tournament by rebounding from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Canyon 10-5.

“It was a great weekend for us,” said Coach Michael Swenson. “As is the case with most tournament, we

The W.F. George Middle School eighth grade tennis Hawks were edged recently in matches against Barwise and Burkburnett.

According to Coach Ronnie Benson, the Hawks played both opponents tough, and improved from one match to the other.

“We competed really well in both matches, but were more intense in the Burk match,” he said.

Winning matches for Iowa Park included Moly McCasland, Nolan Miser, Gus Berend, Logan Lindstrom, Jacob Mahler, Matthew Espinoza, Landon Keeling, Hayden Lovelady, and Mason Sullivan.

saw a lot of good things, and some things we need to spend more time on.”

The positives from the tournament, according to the Hawk coach, included committing only one error in four games defensively. “Offensively, we had a few big innings in which we were very aggressive, playing our small ball.”

As for improvements, Swenson pointed to his pitchers needing to work with a little better tempo, and throw more first pitch strikes.

At the plate, Swenson said “We are striking out too much. We struck out 19 times and walked 19 times on the season. Our walk to strikeout ratio needs to be two-to-one in favor of walks. We need to get in better counts and take advantage of pitchers’ mistakes.

“And, finally, I’d like to see us be more consistent offensively. Meaning, we want to score or win every inning. We are relying on the big inning too much right now.”

Highlights of the Iowa Park Invitational included Chris Dickens pitching a four-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over Tascosa, with six strikeouts. Kaden Teafatiller and Kase Johnson had multiple hits.

The Hawks scored all 14 runs in three innings in a 14-0 win over Snyder. Kaleb Gafford earned the win on the mound, with Chance Helton throwing two inning of relief. The Hawks were led at the plate by Trent Green, Gafford, Braxton Briones, Ryder Roberts, Helton, Kase Johnson, Teafatiller, and Cirby Coheley.

Trailing 2-1 against Bridgeport Friday, the Hawks took the lead with a four-run second, adding three more in the fourth, and two in the fifth.

Mickye Fallon started on the mound, allowing one hit and two runs with one strikeout.

Helton earned the win, giving up one run on two hits over three and one-third innings, striking out six. Logan Kimbro threw two innings of relief.

Helton, Teafatiller, Kim-bro and Dickens had multiple hits.

Canyon opened the game with two runs, but the Hawks quickly countered with two in the first to tie the game 2-2, then exploded for seven runs against two for Canyon in the third, going on to win 10-5.

Briones earned the win, giving up one run on two hits over three innings with three strikeouts and no walks.

Green and Dickens had multiple hits for othe Hawks.

UP NEXT

Today through Saturday, the Hawks will face stiff competition in the form of four top 15 teams in the state when they compete in the Levelland Tournament.

Today they face Lubbock Estacado at 3 p.m., and Levelland at 5:30.

Tomorrow, they play Trinity Christian at 10 a.m. in Lubbock. Shallowater will then host the Hawks at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, the Hawks will face Crandall at 10 a.m. at Lubbock Christian High School.