By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Tough month continues for H-M-S hardballers

Hawks shut out twice in 3 games last week


June 23, 2022


Trenton Vollink puts the ball in play against visiting Remsen St. Mary's on June 13.

The month of June has been a winless one for the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn baseball team, which extended its losing streak to 10 games last week.

Remsen St. Mary's, the top-ranked team in Class 1A, took the early lead and never looked back in a 15-0 defeat of H-M-S on June 13 in Hartley.

St. Mary's took control with a five-run first inning. They scored four runs in the second and third innings, and added single runs in the next two frames.

Losing pitcher Evan Eilers surrendered 13 runs (10 earned) and 13 hits, walked four and struck out two. Nick Bronstad gave up one hit and two runs in two innings.

Keith DeBoer walked in the second inning to spoil the bid for a perfect game by St. Mary's pitcher Isaiah Gerrietts.

• vs. Emmetsburg

The Hawks' run total in their home game on June 14 was the highest all month, but it was not enough to avoid a 13-5 loss to Emmetsburg.

The E-Hawks built a 12-2 lead through 4-1/2 innings with a run in the first inning, six runs in the second, another in the third and four runs in the fourth. Two runs by H-M-S in the fifth inning prevented the game from ending via the 10-run rule. With the bases loaded, Nick Bronstad was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run and Tanner Tesch grounded out to add the second run.

H-M-S's first two runs scored on a first-inning double by Tesch. He also singled in the final run in the seventh. The E-Hawks also scored their last run in that inning.

Tesch finished with two hits and four runs batted in. Tyson Tessum hit a double and Trenton Vollink added a single. Bronstad was hit by pitch three times and walked once.

Jacob Cates pitched the first 1-2/3 innings. He allowed seven runs on three hits, walked four and struck out two. Tessum surrendered seven hits, six runs and five walks while striking out four in 4-2/3 innings. Vollink recorded the final two outs.

• vs. Gehlen Catholic

Gehlen Catholic scored their runs a little at a time against H-M-S to wrap up an 8-0 victory on June 15 at Granville.

After scoring twice in the second inning, the Jays scored a run at a time in the next three innings and then added three runs in the sixth.

Jordan Ortega took the pitching loss by allowing eight hits and eight runs (four earned). He walked four and struck out three. Trenton Vollink again recorded the final two outs.

H-M-S was limited to a double by Evan Eilers and singles by Jonathan Ortiz and Tanner Tesch.

• vs. West Sioux


Centerfielder Ethan Diehm camps under a fly ball hit to him by a Remsen St. Mary's batter.

The Hawks suffered their third shutout loss of the week, falling to West Sioux, 15-0, on June 17 at Hawarden.

Jordan Ortega, Jonathan Ortiz and Trenton Vollink had the only hits for H-M-S.

The Falcons struck for 11 hits and 14 runs (nine earned) against Hawk pitcher Evan Eilers, who walked two and struck out two. Nick Bronstad gave up one run and one hit.

West Sioux broke out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. They extended their lead with two runs in the second inning, four in the third and five in the fourth.

H-M-S (2-12, 1-8) plays at MMCRU (Marcus) on June 24 and hosts South O'Brien on June 27 and Trinity Christian on June 29 to close out the regular season schedule.


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