HAWARDEN -- Hinton set the tone early in its second-to-last regular season game at West Sioux Wednesday.
The Blackhawks plated six first-inning runs en route to a 12-2, five-inning win over the Falcons on the road in Hawarden.
"This was another good win," said Hinton coach Steve Diediker, whose team begins postseason play at Cherokee on Saturday. "We want to be on a roll."
The Blackhawks added four runs to their total in the fourth and scored the two necessary to end the game early in the fifth.
Justin Held earned the win for Hinton as he allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out seven in the win.
Seth Butler went 3-for-3 to pace Hinton's offensive attack. Morgan Wenzel added a single and a double. Wenzel also drove in four runs for the Blackhawks, who tallied nine hits in the win.
Hinton hosts Gehlen Catholic in its regular season finale on Thursday.
"Hopefully we can keep improving on things so when we get to districts, we've got everything polished," Diediker said.