Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Prep Baseball: Halton Hawks win big against Kainai Warriors

Josh Davis
Hawks #18 Colton VanEe pitched a complete game Monday
"Good things happen when you swing the bat.” - Coach Tristan Doell
The Matthew Halton Hawks prep baseball team took to Sproule field on Monday May 2, hosting the Kainai Warriors. The Warriors are one of the weaker teams in the league, with only nine players and no wins yet this season. The Hawks took the lead in the first inning with five runs, ultimately winning a decisive 17-1 victory. This brings their record up to 4-2, in a three way tie for third in the league.

“This is the team we like to see play, and this is the outcome we were looking for,” said Assistant Coach Tristan Doell. “They played really well today.” Doell said his team is still working on swinging the bat, but that they picked up near the end of the game. “A lot of guys do try to get walked, but they were swinging the bat today. Good things happen when you swing the bat.” Doell said that communication is the next thing that his team is working on.

At the time of publishing the Hawks' #51 Nic Jordan has a batting average of .875, an OPS of 2.062, ranking him first in the league in both categories. Jordan also has slugging percentage of 1.125, for second place. The Hawks' #52 Tyson Goodreau is currently second in the league for strikeouts, with 27. Goodreau is also fourth in the league for walks + hits / inning pitched, with and average of 1.34, and fifth in the league for earned run average, sitting at 3.13.

The Hawks will be playing again in Picture Butte on Wednesday May 4. “I haven’t heard much about them,” said Doell, referring to Picture Butte. “But Kainai is definitely a weaker team, so we have to be prepared. We have to play it well, and hopefully get the win.”

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