Senior Syd Newton slides safely into home in one of the Hawks victories over SCC. Photo by Photo by Laurie Klatt
Senior Syd Newton slides safely into home in one of the Hawks victories over SCC. Photo by Photo by Laurie Klatt

By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Coach Tim Klatt

BALDWIN, WI – The Hawks hosted the Chieftains from Osceola and it was a struggle for both teams at the plate until the 6th inning when the host Hawks took the lead.  Prior, Hawks pitcher Morgan Smetana kept the Chieftains at bay not allowing a run. 

With the score 0-0 in the bottom of the 6th, Sydney Newton drew a lead-off walk and then scored on a double to the gap in right-center by Bri Hanson.  After a put-out at 1st, Hanson was retired on a throw to 3rd. With two outs, Lexie Klatt stepped to the plate and on a 3-2 count hit a double to the fence in left-center and later scored from 3rd on a base hit by Brooke Evenson, giving the Hawks a 2-0 lead after the six.  Morgan Smetana finished it off from the circle in the 7th pitching a great game, giving up no runs, allowing only three hits, striking out thirteen and no walks.  The Hawks scored their two runs on five hits.

Ellsworth Panthers - On Thursday, the State’s 8th ranked team in Division 2 Ellsworth Panthers visited Millpond Park to take on the Hawks.  Freshman Kate Groskreutz started in the circle as the injury bug bit the Hawks again as primary pitcher Morgan Smetana was unable to throw.  Groskreutz pitched a great game after being told just hours before that she would be starting in the circle.  After Groskreutz retired the first two batters, the Panthers were able to score two unearned runs to take a 0-2 lead after one.  After scoring three more runs in the 5th and 6th, the Panthers led 0-5 going into the bottom half.  BW was able to manufacture three runs in the 6th to cut the lead to 3-5 but that is the closest they got as Ellsworth went on the win 3-7.  Sydney Newton had one hit and an RBI to lead the Hawks.  Groskreutz went the distance in the circle giving up four earned runs on eleven hits and striking out seven.

Hawks Coach Klatt said, “The positive from this game is that Kate proved her value to this team.  To come in and pitch the way she did against one of the best teams in the state, shows her competitiveness and grit.  We couldn’t be prouder of her.  The most she threw all season in any game was three innings.  Only giving up four earned runs and striking out seven was a great performance.  Offensively, we just couldn’t get anything going.”

Double header vs. SCC Panthers - The Hawks took on the SCC Panthers on Friday in a double-header as a part of a make-up game from a few weeks earlier.  The Hawks won both games by the scores of 11-0 and 16-4.  With Morgan Smetana still unable to pitch, Kate Groskreutz took the win in game one allowing no runs, one hit and striking out one batter.  Smetana led the game off with a home run to left while the middle of the line-up did the most damage as Groskreutz and Brooke Evenson went a combined 6-6 from the plate with Groskreutz also collecting five RBI’s.  The second game found Syd Newton in the circle for the first time this season.  Newton had no problems throwing strikes and picked up the win giving up three earned runs on six hits and striking out four.  Smetana and Morgan Hable led the attack at the plate.  Smetana was 2-3 with four RBI’s and Hable went 2-3 with two RBI’s.  The Hawks now stand 6-2 in the MBC and 8-3 overall.

Check the Baldwin-Woodville website for the all of the Athletic Schedule (middleborderconference.org/public/genie/91/school/2/) and go cheer on our Hawks!