JEWELL - Why do teams even pitch to Shannon Hoyle, particularly to lead off the game?
But they keep pitching, and Hoyle keeps trotting around the bases.
The South Hamilton senior catcher cranked her third home run to lead off a game - it was her ninth dinger of the season - last night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex, and she also laced an RBI double to propel the Hawks to a 7-3 victory over Collins-Maxwell-Baxter in Heart of Iowa Conference play.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Shannon Hoyle gets a high-five from head coach Tarin Bell after hitting her ninth home run of the season in a 7-3 win over CMB last night in Jewell.
Hoyle has always been a power hitter, but this season she's taken it to a higher level.
"She's only gotten one intentional walk this season. Teams try to mix it up with here, but she can hit anything they throw at her," South Hamilton head coach Tarin Bell said. "She has so much power, she just hits it hard every time."
South Hamilton (8-17, 3-11 HOIC) rifled off 10 hits, and avenged a 10-2 loss to the Raiders (7-21, 6-10 HOIC) earlier this season.
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Mackenzie Schmitz and Abby Applegate. Brittany Nicholson and Shannon Hoyle. W-Nicholson. L-Schmitz. 2B-SH: Hoyle, Molly Minich. HR-SH: Hoyle. RBI-SH: Hoyle (2), Kayla Lucas.
"(The Raiders) had some of their main players out, so that obviously gave us an advantage," Bell said. "But we hit the ball very well and we played great defense, too."
Hoyle's RBI double came in the fourth inning to help the Hawks jump out to a 5-2 lead. They added two insurance runs in the sixth.
Kayla Lucas and Carly Swenson both had two singles in the win, and Lucas drove in a run on a sacrifice bunt in the fifth. Molly Minich hammered a double; Mattea Detrick, Brittany Nicholson and Ella Jans added singles.
Nicholson gave up just five hits in the pitcher's circle to collect the win. She walked three and struck out three.
South Hamilton will be in Roland this evening to face Roland-Story at 7:15 p.m.