East Outlasts Colerain in 10 innings to win 3-2 last Friday. This game had just about everything you could think of, not only going 10 innings with the last 6 in the pouring rain, also an unbelievable pitcher’s duel. The pitchers in this game combined for 26 strikeouts and only 9 hits. For the Thunderhawks, John Sherman took the mound and was outstanding. He had 11 strikeouts with only 3 hits in the no decision pitching through the 8th inning. Alex Kerr came in to pitch the 9th and 10th innings, striking out 2 with 2 hits to get the win.
The offensive side of the game was a game of taking advantage of opportunities. East tied the game in the 6th. With 2 outs, Noah Smith walked. Zack Kozerski reached on a drop 3rd strike and an error by the catcher allowed Smith to score. Colerain answered in the bottom of the inning. The Hawks down by 1, Jefferson Syzdlowski started the 7th with a base hit. Dylan Fry sacrificed bunt to move the runner. Another error on the catcher allowed Syzdlowski to score and tie the game. Finally, in the 10th, Noah Smith singled up the middle, advanced with a sacrifice bunt by Hunter Holt then scored on a wild pitch to take the lead. Smith was named the Reds Futures game MVP. The Thunderhawks had hits by Noah Smith (2), Winston Owens, Jefferson Syzdlowski, and Joseph Cooney.
Next up for the Hawks is tonight at 5/3 Field in Dayton, Ohio against Middletown at 7pm.