Hiawatha had one of its better chances to pick up a win since the first games of the season on Tuesday night, but a timely Doniphan County hitting and a series of miscues swung the tide in the other direction in the final inning of the second game, as the Braves came away with a pair of losses.
Game one got away from Post 66 early, as Doniphan County plated 9 runs before Hiawatha got their first in the bottom of the 3rd inning, when Gunner Koontz scored on a Gabe Corbett hit. DC put up another 3 runs between the 4th and 5th innings, but Hiawatha was only able to scratch across one more, as Alex Rockey took home on a passed ball, but it was not enough to extend the game, as Doniphan County won 12-2. Corbett took the loss on the mound, but went 2-2 with a stolen base and an RBI, while Koontz was 1-2 with a run scored to lead the Hiawatha offense.
Hiawatha found their offense in the second contest, as they recovered from an early 2-0 deficit to grab a 6-2 lead after a 5-run 2nd inning. Andrew Lierz singled and scored on a wild pitch to lead off the inning, and Cody White crossed the plate on a wild ball four to Rockey. With the bases loaded, Trent Kolb drew an RBI walk pushing Rockey home, and Blake Gormley and Koontz each capitalized on walks to score on passed balls, giving the Braves a 4-run lead. DC got one run back in the 4th inning, but it was the 5th and final inning that the visitors stole the win. With Lierz pitching, Doniphan County put men on first and third with no out, then scored on a fielder’s choice and again on a throwing error, and the winning run came across on a wild pitch. Hiawatha tried to answer, as Corbett started the inning with a single, but a pair of strikeouts, broken up by a Kade Tollefson walk, put the game on the line for White, who was just beaten out by a close play at first base to end the game 7-6.
After rainouts over the weekend, the junior team will be back in action at home on Thursday evening against Doniphan County while the senior squad will play at Marysville on Friday.