Like their varsity counterparts, the Hillsboro JV baseball team traveled to Parkway South on Tuesday for the resumption of a postponed contest from March 28. The Hawks scored seven unanswered runs in the final two innings to defeat the Patriots, 11-2
“Last game we struggled offensively,” said JV coach Chris Grewe. “Tonight was the complete opposite.” The Hawks were up 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth when the rains came a month ago. Yesterday, the home team pushed across another run in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 4-2. But the younger Hawks would have no part of losing the lead they built on March 28.
Zach Schneider led off the top of the sixth with a triple to center field. Eli Epley followed that with a single to left to score Schneider and make it 5-2. A few batters later, Connor Jenkins knocked a double bringing Epley home after he had swiped second base. Hillsboro had a 6-2 lead with six outs to go.
Schneider would do his part on the mound. He was the original pitcher a month ago, and retired the side in the bottom of the sixth. Meanwhile, the Hawks would put an end to any comeback hopes with a big seventh inning. “In the the top of the seventh, we continued to take a great approach, batting around and adding five more runs on the board,” said Grewe. Schneider would close it out in the bottom half, sending Hillsboro home with an 11-2 victory. He would strike out seven and walk no one in an outstanding performance. For the game, the Hawks had 15 hits. Jenkins, Jase Stewart and Epley each collected three hits apiece. Kyle Cozort had two hits as well.
“We talked before this game and discussed the approach we needed to take at the plate,” said Grewe. “These young men did exactly what they needed to do. They are a great group to be around, and to see them bounce back was fun to watch and be a part of.”
The Hawks are now 8-5 on the season. Their game against North County today was cancelled. The team will host Festus tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.