JEWELL - After throwing a no-hitter in his first start this season, South Hamilton right-handed ace Cole Swenson didn't find the same success last night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex.
Prairie City-Monroe touched Swenson for seven hits and seven runs in five innings, and the Mustangs rolled to an 11-2 victory over the Hawks in Heart of Iowa Conference play.
PCM (3-1) finished with 12 hits. The visitors took control from the opening pitch, scoring two runs in the first inning, three more in the second and single runs in the third and fourth.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
South Hamilton right-handed pitcher Cole Swenson delivers to the plate early in last night’s Heart of Iowa Conference contest against PCM at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex in Jewell. PCM captured the HOIC game, 11-2.
South Hamilton (3-2) finished with eight hits, but head coach Bret Bell said his team was never able to string them together to make the Mustangs sweat.
"We got the hits, but when we got guys on base we would sputter a little bit," he said. "We made their pitcher (Hutch Burns) look a little bit better than he was, and we just didn't do the little things right that you need to do to win games."
Chris Jacobson went 3 for 3 at the dish for the Hawks (3-2), while Swenson and Justin Shepherd both finished with a pair of base knocks. Devin Howard added a single, and John Hegland drove in one run.
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South Hamilton010 000 1- 2 8 3
Hutch Burns, Joel Wiggins (7) and Nathan VandeWall. Cole Swenson, Josh Doering (6) and Lucas Olson. W-Burns. L-Swenson. RBI-SH: John Hegland.
Josh Doering came on in relief of Swenson and worked the sixth and seventh innings.
South Hamilton will hit the road today to face Colfax-Mingo.