Pitching carries Hawks to DH sweep of Mustangs

Hewitt, Zeke Balderas pick up wins on bump

Zeke Balderas fires a pitch to the plate during Game 2 against PCM on Friday in Jewell. The Hawks swept the Mustangs, 7-1 and 2-1. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

JEWELL — When South Hamilton pitches well, it plays well.

The proof is in the results.

The Hawks received standout performances on the mound from CJ Hewitt and Zeke Balderas on Friday, as they both held the Prairie City-Monroe bats at bay in a Heart of Iowa Conference doubleheader sweep.

South Hamilton took Game 1, 7-1 — a suspended contest that it led 6-0 when it resumed. The Hawks returned to their home diamond to claim the nightcap, 2-1.

“When we play well it starts with our pitching,” South Hamilton head coach Kyle Galetich said. “When we throw strikes, our guys are pretty good. When we start walking people, that’s when we get into trouble.”

CJ Hewitt looks for a base hit during South Hamilton’s doubleheader sweep of PCM on Friday. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

Hewitt started the opener back on June 6 and he finished it Friday. The senior allowed just three hits and struck out seven in the complete-game performance.

South Hamilton (6-10, 3-7 HOIC) cranked out 10 hits in Game 1, led by DJ Klonglan, Sam Lewis and Cade Balvanz, who all had two. Lewis and Hewitt drove in two runs each, while Mateo Balderas added a RBI single.

The Hawks scored all they needed in the first inning of the finale, as Zeke Balderas and Hewitt roped back-to-back RBI singles to stake the team to an early 2-0 lead.

Zeke Balderas did the rest.

The junior worked six innings of shutout ball and surrendered just four hits. He fanned three batters against just two walks. Cole Berg worked the seventh and allowed PCM’s one run.

DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

Hewitt and Klonglan smacked two hits each, while Berg, Mateo Balderas and Quinton Grove all had a base knock.

After a difficult middle portion of the season, the Hawks have shown signs of life over the past week. Galetich says Friday’s victories will only help as they near the postseason.

“Morale wise, the kids are still coming out and working hard and playing hard,” he said.

South Hamilton will travel to Alleman this evening to take on North Polk.

SH BASEBALL FALLS TO OGDEN: A six-run third inning pushed Ogden to a 10-5 victory over South Hamilton on Saturday in Ogden.

The Hawks bashed 12 hits, keyed by a three-knock performance by Zeke Balderas. DJ Klonglan, Sam Lewis, Cole Berg and Cade Balvanz all laced two hits. Lewis, Zeke Balderas, CJ Hewitt and Mateo Balderas all had one RBI.

Friday at Jewell

Game 1

South Hamilton 7, PCM 1

S. Ham 222 000 1 — 7 10 2

PCM 000 010 0 — 1 3 0

CJ Hewitt and Zeke Balderas. Derek Brown, Andrew Mitchell (3) and Colton Warrick. W — Hewitt. L — Brown. Multiple hits — SH: DJ Klonglan, Sam Lewis, Cade Balvanz. RBI — PCM: Noah Henkenius; SH: Lewis (2), Hewitt (2), Mateo Balderas.

Game 2

South Hamilton 2, PCM 1

PCM 000 000 1 — 1 6 1

S. Ham 200 000 x — 2 8 0

Noah Henkenius and Caleb Duinink. Zeke Balderas, Cole Berg (7) and CJ Hewitt. W — Z. Balderas. L — Henkenius. S — Berg. 2B — PCM: Olin Meinders, Dane Owens, Derek Brown. Multiple hits — PCM: Brown; SH: Hewitt, DJ Klonglan. RBI — PCM: Owens; SH: Z. Balderas, Hewitt.

Saturday at Ogden

Ogden 10, South Hamilton 5

S. Ham 120 200 0 — 5 12 4

Ogden 026 002 x — 10 12 2

Garrett Grady, Cole Berg (2), DJ Klonglan (6) and Zeke Balderas. Jacob Craven, Carter Church (5), Jade Thompson (7) and Chad Mohr. W — Craven. L — Berg. Multiple hits — SH: Z. Balderas (3), Klonglan, Berg, Sam Lewis, Cade Balvanz; OG: Mohr (3), Noah Snedden (3), Church. RBI — SH: Lewis, Z. Balderas, CJ Hewitt, Mateo Balderas; OG: Church (2), Mohr (2), Snedden, Charlie Lake, Wes Clausen, Grant Palmer.