JEWELL - A home run was just what Saydel needed to infuse a bit of confidence into its bats here last night.
The defense, meanwhile, did just fine all night long.
Brandon Hodges blasted a two-run dinger in the third inning to erase a scoreless tie, and Saydel exploded for seven more runs in the fourth en route to a 10-0, 6-inning victory over South Hamilton at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex.
The Eagles (8-10) rocked Hawks' starting pitcher Cole Swenson for 10 hits in five innings of work, and reliever Josh Doering gave up three in one inning on the hill. Swenson allowed six earned runs; he walked four and struck out seven.
"It was just one of those nights," South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell said. "They hit the ball hard and played stellar defense, and we just couldn't find holes."
Saydel starter Devan Bolich went five innings to collect the win. Hodges came on in the sixth to put the game away, and they combined to pitch a four-hit gem.
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Devan Bolich, Brandon Hodges (6) and Josh Roth. Cole Swenson, Josh Doering (6) and Lucas Olson. W-Bolich. L-Swenson. 2B-SH: Chris Jacobson.
The Eagles made several diving plays to record outs, Bell said, and that only added to his team's frustration.
Chris Jacobson cracked a single and double for South Hamilton (8-9). Swenson and John Hegland added singles.
The Hawks will be at home again this evening for a Heart of Iowa Conference contest against Colfax-Mingo at 7:30 p.m.