Night Hawks fall to Shiloh in baseball action

The Night Hawks baseball home opener did not turn out so well as Shiloh won the first game 14-2 and the second game 14-0.

Hudson Pierce successfully steals second base against the Skyhawks. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Hudson Pierce successfully steals second base against the Skyhawks. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record

The Night Hawks baseball home opener did not turn out so well as Shiloh won the first game 14-2 and the second game 14-0.  In the first game Shiloh struck first with three runs in the top half of the first inning highlighted by Jaden Johnson’s 2-run double.  The Night Hawks came back with one run of their own as Jarad Mattis led off with a double and came home on Hudson Pierce’s single.  Shiloh went on to score one in the second, three in the fourth and broke the game open with seven in the fifth.

Brandon Pierce winds up for a pitch against the Skyhawks. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Brandon Pierce winds up for a pitch against the Skyhawks.
(Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

Night Hawk pitching was having a rough time finding the strike zone, as three pitchers walked nine batters, hit one batter and gave up 11 hits with six of those hits being doubles.  Brandon Pierce started and went two innings with Mattis taking over in the third and being relieved by Jacob Dix in the fifth.

Zac Martin was a one-man wrecking crew for Shiloh as he pitched a 3-hitter while striking out 11 hitters.  He also went 5-for-5 in the hitting department, driving in two and scoring three times.

Hudson Pierce had two of the Night Hawk hits and supplied one of the few highlights for the Night Hawks.  It was getting windier as the game went on, and it was creating havoc for fielders on high pop-ups.  Leading off the third inning Hudson Pierce hit two towering fly balls in foul territory that the fielders could not get under for the catch.  He then connected and hit a shot to dead center field that went over the fence.