PAULLINA -- Pitching and defense had been carrying the Blackhawks during their winning streak. But it was the offense that had a big night and led the HInton baseball team to its eighth straight win Wednesday.
The Blackhawks combined for 16 hits and defeated South O'Brien 12-7 in Paullina.
Hinton (15-9) jumped out to a 6-2 after three innings. In the fourth, errors and walks cost the Blackhawks, and the Wolverines tied the game at 6-6.
"In the fourth, we just kind of faltered with both defense and pitching," Hinton coach Steve Diediker said.
Hinton scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning and added four more in the sixth inning. The Wolverines added their final run in the bottom of the sixth.
Senior Nolan Field was 3-for-4 with a double. Senior Seth Butler and eighth-grader Skyler Beller each added three hits. Junior Morgan Wenzel had two hits, including a home run.
"We hit the ball as good as we have all season," Diediker said.
"I don't know, hitting is contagious sometimes," Diediker said. "Even our outs were hit pretty hard. Maybe it was the heat."
Freshman Logan Jurgensmeier pitched the first three innings for the Blackhawks and gave up three runs, all earned, on six hits. He struck out three and waked three.
Junior Cole Siders pitched the fourth inning and picked up the win. He allowed two runs on two hits while striking out one and walking three.
Butler pitched the last three innings and surrendered one run on two hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Hinton will play again Friday at home against Akron-Westfield.