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‘Funny game’ of baseball goes Hawks way against Norse

Swenson hits the walk-off game winner

Lane Swenson (8) is mobbed by teammates after his walk-off, game-winning RBI single against Roland-Story on Friday in Jewell. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

JEWELL — Kyle Galetich is going to go ahead and chalk this one up to the idea that baseball is a funny game. And this time, he was actually chuckling.

Just one night after his South Hamilton team was thumped by previously winless Greene County, 13-2, the Hawks put together arguably their finest performance of the season to knock off 11-win Roland-Story, 3-2, on Friday at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex.

Yes, the same Roland-Story team that blanked South Hamilton, 9-0, last month.

“This shows that on any given night we can beat anybody,” Galetich said. “(Against Greene County) was maybe a good learning lesson that we also can’t overlook anybody.”

Lane Swenson delivered the game-winning base hit — a one-out, bases loaded single that plated Tycin Barkema in the bottom of the seventh inning. Swenson was one of four Hawks (5-5, 5-5 HOIC) with two hits. Brock Galetich and Carter Hewitt both had a single, double and RBI, while Brandyn Feighner went 2 for 2 at the bottom of the order.

Cade Flaugh and Elijah Balderas each added a single in the win.

Quinton Grove, a senior right-hander, made his first career start on the mound for South Hamilton, but it likely won’t be his last. Grove limited Roland-Story (11-5, 7-4 HOIC) to six hits en route to the complete-game victory.

“He threw a heck of a game,” Kyle Galetich said. “Q has been in so many big spots with state track and state basketball that I knew it wouldn’t bother him to go out there and throw. He’s just a tough kid and I couldn’t be happier for him.”

South Hamilton was at Nevada for a league doubleheader last night.

South Hamilton 3, Roland-Story 2

Friday at Jewell

R-S 000 020 0 — 2 6 1

S. Ham 100 100 1 — 3 10 1

Nolan Faber, Alex Berends (5) and Matthew Phelan. Quinton Grove and Elijah Balderas. WP — Grove. LP — Berends. Multiple hits — R-S: Steven Berends; SH: Brock Galetich, Carter Hewitt, Lane Swenson, Brandyn Feighner. 2B — R-S: Faber, Trevor Mathis; SH: Galetich, Hewitt. RBI — R-S: S. Berends, Faber; SH: Galetich, Hewitt, Swenson.

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