JEWELL - South Hamilton continued to come up empty in its pursuit for a Heart of Iowa Conference victory yesterday evening at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex.
Colfax-Mingo jumped on the Hawks early, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings, and the Tigerhawks used that advantage to cruise to an 8-3 victory.
"It just wasn't a good start," South Hamilton head coach Tarin Bell said after her team slipped to 4-14 overall and 0-9 in the HOIC. "We let them get ahead too soon."
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Hawks’ third baseman Kayla Carlson covers the bag as a Colfax-Mingo base runner dives back in safely yesterday evening in Jewell.
Colfax-Mingo notched just one hit in its three-run first inning, but an error, hit batter and two walks allowed the visitors to push the runs across.
Senior catcher Shannon Hoyle answered in the bottom of the first with her sixth home run of the campaign - a solo shot - and pitcher Brittany Nicholson helped her own cause throughout the evening with a pair of doubles and a dinger - another solo long ball, this one in the fifth inning. Nicholson also plated a run with her extra-base hit down the left-field line in the third inning.
"I think we have a great lineup of hitters," Bell said. "Brittany usually goes 3-for-4 or 4-for-4, and she always does it when we need it as well. She's just a great hitter."
Colfax-Mingo330 000 2-8 7 1
South Hamilton101 010 0-3 8 1
Sydnie Fahrney and Katelyn Buehrer. Brittany Nicholson and Shannon Hoyle. W-Fahrney. L-Nicholson. 2B-SH: Nicholson (2). HR-SH: Hoyle, Nicholson. RBI-SH: Hoyle, Nicholson (2).
South Hamilton finished with eight hits, one more than Colfax-Mingo.
Hoyle also had a single, as did Ella Jans, Carly Swenson, Kayla Carlson and Molly Minich.
Nicholson walked four and struck out four in the circle.