Hewitt’s gem wasted, Hawks stumble in HOIC for first time

Defensive miscues by SH propel unbeaten Norsemen to league victory

South Hamilton catcher Zeke Balderas watches the ball into his glove on Wednesday. He had one hit in a loss to Roland-Story. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

JEWELL — Too many mistakes in the field and not enough aggressiveness at the plate proved costly for the South Hamilton baseball team at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex Wednesday night.

Despite a gem on the mound by senior right-hander CJ Hewitt, the Hawks fell to Heart of Iowa Conference rival Roland-Story, 4-1, for their first league loss of the season.

Hewitt did more than enough to keep South Hamilton (3-3, 1-1 HOIC) in contention. He allowed just four hits in six innings of work and struck out 12 batters. But the Hawks made four errors behind him, leading to all four of Roland-Story’s runs.

“He deserved better than he got,” South Hamilton head coach Kyle Galetich said of Hewitt. “he threw a gem. I haven’t seen him pitch any better and if that’s the way he’s going to pitch, he’s going to have a lot of games like that this season.”

The game was knotted at 1 when it all unraveled in the top of the sixth inning. Three South Hamilton errors translated into three Roland-Story (5-0, 2-0 HOIC) runs and that was the ballgame.

DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

“We needed to do more to help (Hewitt) and we didn’t do it,” Galetich said.

Zach Shadlow contained the Hawk bats, as the Norsemen hurler fanned 10 batters and surrendered just three hits. DJ Klonglan had two of them, both singles, and Zeke Balderas added a base knock.

South Hamilton’s lone run came in the fourth inning.

Shadlow also connected for a pair of hits and Colby Gray roped a double for Roland-Story.

South Hamilton will hit the road this evening for a conference tilt against Saydel.

Roland-Story 4, South Hamilton 1

Wednesday at Jewell

Rol-Story 000 103 0 — 4 4 4

S. Ham 000 100 0 — 1 3 4

Zach Shadlow and Nick Stole. CJ Hewitt, Cole Berg (7) and Zeke Balderas. W — Shadlow. L — Hewitt. 2B — R-S: Colby Gray. Multiple hits — R-S: Shadlow; SH: DJ Klonglan. RBI — R-S: Jon Sansgaard, Dylan Matheason.