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Struggling at the start

Early deficits hurt Hawks' chances in trio of losses

Akron-Westfield combined a pair of three-run innings with good pitching and defense to defeat Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, 8-0, in War Eagle Conference baseball action on June 5.

Three first-inning runs gave the visiting Westerners the early lead. After scoring once in both the second and fourth innings, they added three runs in the seventh.

Singles by Jacob Cates and Tyson Tessum in the third inning were H-M-S's only hits.

"I liked how we kept ourselves in it after giving up three runs right away," said Hawk coach Jeremy Gloden. "However, our bats continue to struggle and we need to keep working t...