Hawks sweep Sherman for first league wins

Horizon Christian School broke through in the win column in the District 3 baseball standings by sweeping a doubleheader Saturday against Sherman County at Collins Field.

The Hawks (2-10 league) received an outstanding pitching performance by senior Jake Wells to win the first game, 6-2. Wells tossed a four-hitter, striking out 12 and walking three. The 6-foot-7 righty recorded strikeouts on eight of his last nine outs.

Horizon had 14 hits, including two home runs, to win game two, 15-6. The Hawks received another solid pitching performance in that contest, as sophomore Jared Davis threw the final five innings in relief of starter Micah Engel. Davis allowed four hits and struck out 11 in his best outing on the mound this season.

Coach Joe Petshow said the Hawks continue to improve.

"It was satisfying to see them get rewarded with a couple of wins after some of the tough losses they've had," he said. “They've been working on taking care of the little things necessary to have success. For the most part they did that against Sherman.

"Jake was resilient after struggling with his control midgame. He just kept getting stronger and stronger as the game wore on. Though his record doesn't reflect it, Jake is among the top two or three pitchers in the league."

Sherman had runners on base in every inning of the opener, but managed lone runs only in the sixth and seventh. The run in the sixth came via a throwing error. The Huskies had their only multiple-hit inning in the seventh, highlighted by Riley Brown's RBI double.

Horizon had 10 hits from seven spots in the lineup in the first game. Ian Rasmussen's 3-for-4 day, which included a double and two runs scored, led the Hawks. Teammates Kirby Carter, Kameron Brown and Davis also contributed doubles.

The Hawks continued to receive offense throughout their lineup in the second game. Sherman took a 3-0 lead after two innings before Wells hit a three-run homer to centerfield in the top of the third. It was Engel's turn to go long the next inning. His three-run shot bounced across May Street beyond the right-field fence and was part of a four-run fourth. Engel almost had another home run earlier in the game, but it hooked foul by a few feet.

A three-hit Sherman fifth inning – aided by two Horizon errors – enabled Sherman to pull within two at 8-6.

“Sherman got to JD a bit in the fifth, but in his defense, we booted two easy ground balls, including one on the first batter of the inning,” Petshow said.

After Sherman scored their runs, Davis buckled down and took care of the final two outs on his own – with strikeouts.

Horizon put the game away with a five-run sixth. Freshman Cody Lingel's pinch-hit single plated two of those runs.

Engel led the offense with four hits; Rasmussen stayed hot, as well, with a 3-for-5 game; and Wells had two hits and scored three times.

Horizon was scheduled to play a non-league game Tuesday at Condon and finishes its season Saturday with a doubleheader at Irrigon.

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