Roland-Story boys score early, make it stand up versus Hawks

Todd ThorsonSports
Roland-Story boys score early, make it stand up versus Hawks

The Roland-Story boys struck early for two runs in the first and added another run in the second, making them hold up, as they downed their rival, the South Hamilton Hawks, 3-1 on Monday night (June 27) in Jewell. Jake Ford threw a one-hitter, going the distance and striking out seven along the way.

“Jake did a nice job on the mound,” said Coach Chris Hill. “He had one inning where he walked a couple of guys. But, aside from that, he was very solid.”

Colby Gray and Tyler Hovick led the R-S offense, each going 2 for 4 at the plate. Colby also scored two of the Norsemen’s three runs. The Norse had a total of six hits, with Jake Ford and Nathan Bell collecting the other two hits. Jake also drove in two of the three runs.

The Hawks scored their only run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice, sacrifice bunt, wild pitch and an error.

In the first inning, Hovick and Gray both singled and stole second to start the game off on the right track. Ford reached on an error, bringing in Hovick for the first run. After a strikeout, John Barclay hit a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Gray to come into score, and the Norse led 2-0.

With two outs in the second inning, Gray singled once again, advancing to second on a wild pitch. Ford then singled to left, and the lead went to 3-0 as Gray crossed the plate.

“Our bats were not great tonight,” commented Hill, “but we also saw a good pitcher. Our defense and pitching stepped up to help us get this one. Over the past week our defense was really improved. We need to keep working and getting better as we approach the month of July.”