Indians soar over Hawks
MILFORD – It took a little while for Spirit Lake’s bats to pick up, but once the Indians got rolling there was no stopping them in a 14-2 six-inning win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in the first round of Class 2A district baseball on Saturday.
Down 2-1 heading into the top of the fourth, Spirit Lake pounded out five hits along with a walk, a hit-batter and a sacrifice fly to score six runs.
Spirit Lake advances to today’s game with Okoboji. The Pioneers needed eight innings to beat Sioux Central 3-2 on Saturday.
In the Indians’ game, starting pitcher Mitch Peschon helped his cause with a leadoff single in the fourth inning. Two passed balls moved him around to third base. Levi Davis drew a walk followed by consecutive RBI singles from Nic Erickson and Paul Brown. Jordan Gayer was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
TJ Johnson delivered another single which combined with a Hawk error, drove in two runs. Ryan Jennings hit a sacrifice fly and Derrick Miner also had an RBI single for the 7-2 Indian lead.
Spirit Lake added one run in the fifth as Erickson was hit by a pitch with two outs and stole second. Two balls that got past the catcher brought him home.
The Indians had another six-run inning in the sixth. Both Ethan Carlson and Shae Heinrichs had a two-RBI single in the inning.
The Indians had nine hits.
Johnson was 2-3 with two RBI, Brown was 1-2 with an RBI, Heinrichs was 1-1 with two RBI, Carlson was 1-4 with two RBI, Peschon and Erickson each were 1-3 with an RBI, Miner and Jennings each went 1-4 with an RBI.
Peschon pitched all six innings in the win. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits with five strikeouts and one hit batter.
Spirit Lake100 616 – 14 9 2
HMS101 000 – 2 4 4
WP: Mitch Peschon. LP:Ahrenstorff.