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Baseball: Hawks top Rockets 12-6 in War Eagle rematch

Monday, July 4, 2011

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) RSM's Mike Heuertz delivers a pitch during play against Remsen-Union on Friday.
REMSEN -- The Remsen rivalry was renewed on Friday, but the result was different than this season's first meeting between the War Eagle Conference foes.

Remsen St. Mary's got a solid pitching performance from senior Mike Heuertz and backed him with a 14-hit attack as RSM bested Remsen-Union by a 12-6 margin.

"This was a good win for us," said RSM coach Jim Klein, whose squad dropped a 20-8 decision at the teams' meeting early in June. "Mike Heuertz pitched a pretty good game and kept (R-U) off balance.

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) R-U's Josh Bohnenkamp pitches the ball to second to force an out during Friday's War Eagle Conference loss to Remsen St. Mary's.
"We hit the ball and our hitting came from all parts of the lineup. One through nine, we've been hitting the ball very well (lately)."

Zane Phillips and Billy Steichen each homered in the contest for the Hawks, who belted four other extra-base hits in the win.

Phillips went 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run and five RBI while Steichen went 2-for-3 with a double and four runs scored.

Cody Colling went 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI while Tyler Delperdang went 2-for-4 with a double.

Heuretz was credited the win as he allowed six runs - one of them earned - on six hits and four walks. The senior fanned three in 5 2/3 innings of work. Steichen tossed 1 1/3 innings no-hit, shutout relief. He struck out one and walked one.

Statistics were unavailable for Remsen-Union, which dropped its third game in five nights.

"We'd like to say we could have gotten all five of those, but we only ended up getting two," R-U coach Steve Neuberger said. "We've got three more games (this) week, so we've got time to right the ship before districts, no problem."

The rival squads will face off in the district opener on July 12.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Brian West's two-out single scored Tanner Hilbrands.

The Hawks responded with a four-spot in the top of the fourth. Steichen led off the inning with a double to the right field fence and then scored as Phillips belted his home run over the left field fence.

Garret Schroeder's two-out single scored Delperdang and Schroeder scored on Colling's triple.

"I don't know how many runs we scored with two outs," Klein said, "but any time a team does that, it's quite a lift for the team that gets (those runs). It can be quite demoralizing for the team that's on defense when you give up runs with two outs. It's nice to take advantage of those situations."

The Hawks turned their second double play of the game to keep the Rockets off the board in the bottom of the frame.

Cam Kuchel took over pitching duties for Danny Smith before the start of the fifth inning and after grabbing Beau Pick's line drive for the first out of the inning, Kuchel surrendered a solo home run to Steichen, who ripped the ball over the center field fence.

Kuchel stranded runners at second and third to get out of the inning with a 5-1 deficit.

Matt Hansen hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and then West belted a two-run shot over the center field fence to pull the Rockets within one, trailing 5-4.

Kuchel walked four straight in the top of the sixth as the Hawks scored one run on a bases-loaded walk and another on a balk.

Matthew Wesselmann singled in a pair of runs to give the Hawks a 9-4 lead midway through the sixth inning.

"We've just gotta eliminate the big innings defensively," Neuberger said. "We'd walk a kid or two and all of the sudden, we'd commit an error. Against a good team, you've gotta eliminate those big innings for sure."

R-U scored what would be its final two runs in the bottom of the sixth as Felts drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on Smith's double and then scored on a passed ball.

Andrew Hagert's groundout to third scored Smith.

With two outs in the frame, Klein sent Steichen to the mound in relief of Heuertz. The senior induced a pop fly to center field to end the inning.

RSM added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Pick's groundout to the shortstop scored Colling and Phillips tripled home another pair.

The Rockets managed one baserunner in the bottom of the frame before Steichen induced a game-ending groundout.

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