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Blackhawks shut down Spartans to place third at Spalding tourney

Monday, June 22, 2009

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) RSM's Makenzie Ricke makes a catch during the Hawks' 6-1 loss to West Sioux on Friday in Granville
The Hinton Blackhawks led all local squads with a third place finish at this weekend's Spalding Catholic softball tournament in Granville by defeating the Spartans 9-1 in the third-place game.

Remsen St. Mary's finished fifth with a 1-0 victory over Gehlen Catholic in the fifth-place contest.

Hinton 10, Sioux Center 0 (5)

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) RSM's Mercedees Ricke attempts to record a putout during Friday's tournament in Granville.
In their tournament opener Friday, an eight-run fourth inning gave the Blackhawks just the boost of momentum they needed.

"We took advantage of four hits in that inning, put some offense together and drew a couple walks," Hinton coach Phil Skamser said. "We were definitely able to get some momentum going and it was definitely needed."

Shawnee Miller pitched a two-hit shutout for the Blackhawks, striking out seven and walking two.

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) Hinton's Shawnee Miller slides safely into second during the Blackhawks' game with Sioux Center on Friday. Hinton won 10-0 in five innings at the Spalding Catholic tournament in Granville.
Rileigh Burke and Shannon Miller each registered two hits to lead a Hinton offense that totaled seven hits in the win.

"We did a good job of making contact with runners on base," Skamser said.

West Sioux 10, Hinton 0

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) Gehlen's Kayla Holtgrewe slides into home during the Lady Jays' 3-2 loss to MOC-FV on Friday.
The Blackhawks advanced to face West Sioux, which defeated Remsen St. Mary's in the first round.

The eventual champions registered a shutout of their own as the Falcons limited Hinton to just one hit from senior Brandi Schindel.

"I don't think we played with a whole lot of energy [that game]," Skamser said. "We need to really focus in on every pitch and every battle. We sort of went through the motions and we definitely paid for it."

Shawnee Miller gave up 10 runs on 10 hits in the loss. She fanned five and walked one.

Hinton 9, Spalding 1

Hinton bounced back on Saturday with a 9-1 victory over the host school as it placed third in the eight-team tournament.

"This was a nice win to have to try to get momentum going a little bit, especially coming off the West Sioux game," Skamser said. "We definitely needed it and we had a good enthusiastic effort."

The Blackhawk offense scattered 12 hits in the contest, led by Burke, Katie Hawthorne, Ashley Jans, Erika Johnston and Kelsey Anfinson, who registered two hits apiece.

Shawnee Miller tossed a five-hitter with eight K's and walked two in the win.

"It seems like this is a good tournament for finding ourselves," Skamser said.

The Blackhawks (10-11) return to War Eagle Conference action Monday against Unity Christian.

West Sioux 6, RSM 1

The Hawks struggled in their tournament opener Friday, dropping a 6-1 decision to West Sioux - who won a 3-0 decision over MOC-Floyd Valley in the championship contest Saturday - as Brad Gralheer's squad made a few too many mistakes, according to the coach.

Jennifer Feller collected the loss, giving up six runs - one earned - on seven hits and striking out six.

Mercedees Ricke powered an offense that tallied six hits with a 3-for-3 plate performance that included a double.

Feller drove in the lone run for RSM in the loss.

RSM 7, Sioux Center 0

Friday's loss gave way to a 7-0 win over Sioux Center on Saturday.

The Hawks scattered five hits as they scored seven runs in the win, led by Kristin Loutsch's 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs.

Makenzie Ricke, Feller and Sadie Lewis each registered a hit and Emma Krier had a sacrifice RBI.

Feller tossed a seven-inning shutout with three hits and six K's.

RSM 1, Gehlen 0

The Hawks placed fifth in the tournament with a 1-0 win over Gehlen Catholic Saturday afternoon.

"It was a great defensive game," Gralheer said. "It was close."

Feller allowed the Lady Jays just three hits in the contest.

"We are struggling with our hitting right now," Gehlen coach Patty Hatting said. "We just have to start hitting the ball."

Freshman Steph Rohe led Gehlen with a triple in the contest while Lexi Wiltgen and Rachel Tilley each registered a single.

Wiltgen gave up three hits on the mound with one earned run, three K's and one walk.

Emma Krier and Kristin Loutsch each had a single and Sadie Lewis drove in the winning run for RSM.

MOC-FV 3, Gehlen 2

A year after placing second at the Spalding Catholic tournament, Gehlen Catholic found itself paired against MOC-Floyd Valley in the first round.

The Lady Dutch played a hard-fought defensive battle with the Lady Jays, coming out on top with a 3-2 victory.

Danielle Gunter suffered the loss as she gave up two runs - one earned - on four hits while striking out three and walking three in four innings of work.

Wiltgen closed out the final two innings, surrendering one run on one hit and fanning two.

Kayla Hatting powered the offense to an early lead with her seventh home run of the season, but the Lady Jays struggled offensively from there, registering just three singles from Sarah Jentz, Jessie Timmins and Gunter.

Timmins added an RBI.

Gehlen 12, Unity Christian 0 (4)

Gehlen took advantage of 10 walks as it defeated Unity Christian 12-0 in four innings Saturday morning.

Gunter, Rohe, Jessie Timmins, Amber Timmins and Kayla Holtgrewe each registered a single for Gehlen in the win.

Rachel Tilley had two RBIs while Rohe, Jessie Timmins, Gunter and Jentz each drove in a run for Gehlen (13-9).

Gunter tossed a one-hit shutout with two K's and one walk.

On the week, Coach Hatting recognized the power of her defense. "Defensively we had an awesome week," she said. "We had only one error in three games this weekend. Defensively I'm very happy."

But when it comes to offense, she'll be the first to cite the struggles her team is facing.

"We can't get our bats going and I don't know what to do with it," she said. "I know they're capable of hitting, it's just a mental game right now and we've just gotta come out of our slump."

And it's not just a couple girls that are struggling at the plate, either.

"Everybody's struggling," Hatting said. "Each game it's a different girl that comes through with a hit - no one [girl is] consistent."

Hatting hopes the bats will reawaken this week as her squad dives back into War Eagle Conference action against fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Sergeant Bluff-Luton at home on Monday.

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