The Clopton Hawks’ bats came alive during a doubleheader against the Monroe City Panthers on Saturday, April 6 at Clopton. The Hawks are now 3-3 on the season.
Freshman pitcher Jeremy Jennewein won the second game in a huge, 19-0 shutout win. Batting statistics were unavailable at press time.
In the opening game, the Hawks were losing 10-3 but managed to bring in five runs in the seventh inning during a rally bolstered by senior catcher Michael Butler’s two-RBI triple. It proved to be too little, too late for the Hawks. Senior first-baseman and pitcher Hank Owens took the loss.
The Hawks got hammered by the Trojans on the road April 5. Nine errors were costly to Clopton.
Freshman pitcher and outfielder Josh Miller took the loss in relief, while only giving up one earned run. Junior Rheed Leake started and gave up five earned runs.
Butler had a double for the Hawks and an RBI. Leake, senior shortstop Levi Adams, senior second baseman Matt Williams and Miller all had one single and one RBI apiece. Sophomore right fielder David Dietz had two hits.
The Hawks lost to the Bobcats at Bowling Green on April 4 despite strong hitting performances from Owens and junior Luke Robbins.
Owens had two hits, including a double and two RBIs. Robbins had two RBIs, with Miller and Butler driving in one apiece.
Butler pitched four innings and gave up four earned runs for the loss. Owens gave up two earned runs in relief.
The Hawks won at home against the Montgomery County Wildcats, 6-2, on April 2.
The Hawks managed only three singles by Adams, Williams and Miller but managed to win with RBIs from Adams, Miller and Butler.
Adams got the win giving up only seven hits over five innings while striking out five and walking two. Owens got the save by giving up only two hits in the last two innings.
The Hawks were scheduled to play at home at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 against the Wright City Wildcats as the Press-Journal went to press.
Another home game is set for 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 with the Winfield Warriors.
The team is also scheduled to play in the Silex Tournament on Saturday, April 13 at a time that was to be determined.
The Hawks play again at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15 at Pleasant Hill in Illinois.