Flush it: Hawks aim to forget all about Nevada game

Five errors, 21 walks translate into long night, lopsided HOIC?loss for South Hamilton

South Hamilton first baseman Cade Balvanz (right) stretches for the throw as the Hawks look to double off Nevada’s Kyle Bauman (22) during the first inning on Wednesday in Jewell. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

JEWELL — CJ Hewitt was locked in. He was hitting his spots, getting ground balls and on his way to the dugout after a pretty stress-free first inning.

And that’s when the engine blew, the tires popped and the wheels fell off — all at the same time.

A first-inning error that would have ended the frame quickly turned into a nightmare for South Hamilton, as Nevada seized on the extra out and scored seven runs.

The Hawks never recovered.

“I’ve been around baseball a long time and I don’t think I’ve been around a game that was like this,” South Hamilton head coach Kyle Galetich said after his club fell to Nevada, 22-5 in five innings, on Wednesday at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex. “But this game is done. As far as I’m concerned, we don’t ever have to think about it again.”

South Hamilton courtesy runner Brock Galetich slides into the plate and scores on a wild pitch as Nevada pitcher Carter Franzen covers on Wednesday in Jewell. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Nevada (9-4, 3-4 HOIC) had just seven hits in the game, but feasted on walks, 21 of them in all. South Hamilton (4-8, 1-6 HOIC) also committed five errors, including three in the first inning.

But even after the first inning debacle, the Hawks quickly jumped back into contention. They scored twice in the bottom of the first and three more times in the second to pull within 7-5.

Nevada lived at the plate after that. The Cubs put up another seven spot in the third, added three more runs in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Galetich opted to pull Hewitt late in the first inning. Zeke Balderas took over on the bump and worked into the third, but a groin strain he suffered earlier this week limited his effectiveness. Cade Flaugh and Ethan Young, two of South Hamilton’s junior varsity pitchers, took over from there.

“I know CJ wasn’t happy, but I had to juggle some things so that I had a couple of arms for Friday (against Roland-Story),” Galetich said. “We didn’t know what we were going to be able to get out of (Balderas) and the more he threw, the more (the groin injury) hurt. So we had to rely on some inexperienced guys. When they go back to pitching their JV games, hopefully it gives them a little more confidence and it gives them some things to work on.”

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

South Hamilton actually finished with two more hits than Nevada. Balderas and Cole Berg both cracked a pair of knocks. Hewitt, Flaugh, Young and Cade Balvanz all added one single.

Balderas pulled the Hawks to within two runs in the second when he took a full-count fastball from Cubs’ hurler Carter Franzen and sent it into the gap in right-center for a three-run double. The ball tailed away from Nevada center fielder Brock Dutton, who got a glove on the ball, but was unable to make the catch.

Dutton also had a double for the Cubs. Thomas Crawford and Bronzon Mason had two hits each.

Nevada 22, S. Hamilton 5 (5 inn.)

Wednesday at Jewell

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Nevada 707 35 — 22 7 1

S. Ham 230 00 — 5 9 5

Carter Franzen, Dylan Sporrer (4) and James Carsrud. CJ Hewitt, Zeke Balderas (1), Cade Flaugh (3), Ethan Young (5) and Z. Balderas, Hewitt (1). W — Franzen. L — Hewitt. 2B — NEV: Brock Dutton; SH: Z. Balderas. Multiple hits — NEV: Thomas Crawford, Bronzon Mason; SH: Z. Balderas, Cole Berg. RBI — SH: Z. Balderas (3).