JEWELL - Bret Bell doesn't hand out a Tough Man Award to his baseball players, but if he did Josh Doering would be the undoubted trophy holder.
Doering was drilled in the face with a pitch against Gilbert last night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex, yet he stayed in the game and ripped a double two innings later.
It was that kind of fight Bell wanted out of his team and it paid off, as the Hawks ended a four-game slide with a 6-5 upset win over the Tigers.
"This was a very big win after a lot of close ones," Bell said. "We've been comparing everything to a fight and if we get hit in the mouth what are we going to do? (Last night) we did get hit, literally, and we punched back."
South Hamilton (5-9, 2-8 HOIC) scored five runs in the fourth to overcome a 5-1 deficit. Lane Heinlein belted a two-run single and Hunter Griffin added a run-scoring base knock in the frame. Doering earned his RBI the hard way when he took a fastball from Gilbert pitcher Wesley Greder to the face.
Devin Howard led off the first inning with a first-pitch solo home run for the Hawks.
SOUTH HAMILTON 6, GILBERT 5
Thursday at Jewell
Gilbert200 300 0-5 8 1
South Hamilton100 500 x-6 9 2
Wesley Greder, Jordan Knock (6) and Jared Gescheidler. Trevor Ullestad, John Hegland (5) and Lucas Olson. W-Ullestad. L-Greder. S-Hegland. 2B-SH: Josh Doering. HR-SH: Devin Howard. RBI-SH: Lane Heinlein (2), Hunter Griffin, Howard, Doering.
Justin Shepherd added two hits, and Trevor Ullestad and John Hegland both had one.
Ullestad went four inning on the hill and picked up the win. Hegland came on in relief and picked up a three-inning save. He allowed just three hits and started a 1-6-3 double play that ended the game.
Gilbert (11-5, 5-4 HOIC) finished with eight hits.