JEWELL - Bret Bell was sure of one thing last night - his team didn't lose. It got beat.
Looking for its first victory of the season at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex, Collins-Maxwell-Baxter received a lead-off home run from Kaleb Durham in the first inning and the Raiders seized the momentum from then on to beat the Hawks, 4-3.
It was South Hamilton's seventh straight loss, but Bell - the Hawks' head coach - says his team still has plenty to play for.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
South Hamilton’s Cole Swenson takes a hack at a pitch during last night’s game against CMB in Jewell. The Raiders came up with their first win of the season, 4-3.
"The kids were obviously frustrated giving CMB their first win, but you have to give them all the credit in the world because they straight up beat us," Bell said. "We've lost our last three games by one run, so it's not like we're playing bad baseball. Things just aren't going our way right now."
South Hamilton (8-13, 4-10 HOIC) scored one run in the first inning and two more in the third. CMB (1-19, 1-14 HOIC) got single runs in the first and third, and then took control for good with two runs in the top half of the fourth.
Devin Howard suffered the loss on the bump. He allowed eight hits, and he struck out six. All of CMB's runs were earned.
CMB101 200 0-4 8 1
South Hamilton102 000 0-3 9 3
Zach Samson, Kaleb Durham (7) and Nick Carroll. Devin Howard and Lucas Olson. W-Samson. L-Howard. S-Durham. RBI-SH: Chris Jacobson (2), Howard.
Howard, Chris Jacobson and Jordan Sogard all went 2-for-3 at the dish, part of the Hawks' nine-hit attack. Jacobson drove in two runs, Howard one.
Justin Shepherd, Lane Heinlein and Trevor Ullestad added singles.
South Hamilton will be at home for Senior Night on Friday to take on Nevada at 7:30 p.m.