Hinton baseball routs West Sioux in district final

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
(Photo By Charlie Hildebrand) Hintonís Gavin Nelson sprints home to score a run for the Blackhawks. He scored twice in the win.

HINTON ó The Hinton baseball team was ready to let out a bit of frustration against West Sioux. After being no-hit by Blake Van Ballegooyen in the teamís first meeting of the season, a 4-0 loss, and then losing by a 6-5 score after giving up four runs in the bottom of the seventh in their most recent meeting, the Blackhawks came ready to play in Saturdayís Class 2A district final meeting between the War Eagle Conference foes. Hinton scored 12 runs in the first inning en route to a 13-3 win over the Falcons in five innings to advance to the substate game. The win was the 200th for Head Coach Cale Kramer.

Hinton jumped on starter Mason Coppock for four runs right away as he lasted just 1/3 of an inning. He gave up a pair of hits and hit two batters. The team added eight more runs, six of which were earned, against Carter Van Wyhe, who also lasted just 1/3 of an inning. His runs allowed came on five hits and three walks.

Hinton added just one more run after that, the run which put the lead up to the run-rule margin of 10 in the fifth inning, against Levi Koopmans. He went 3 1/3 innings and mostly kept the Blackhawks in check, but the damage had already been done.

Easton Stusse led Hintonís offense with a 3 RBI game. He had a single and double and reached twice on hit-by-pitches.

Glen Carlson and Brody Spies added a pair of singles each as they both drove in a pair of runs.

Carter Worden, Beau Cook and Gavin Nelson added an RBI apiece for the team.

Carlson earned the win on the mound as he threw all five innings. He gave up three runs, two of which were earned, while finishing with eight strikeouts.

West Sioux finishes the season with a 12-10 record.

Hinton improved to 19-7 with the win as they advanced to the substate final against No. 2 ranked Estherville-Lincoln Central.

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