Eagles beat Mohawk, advance to district final


GALION — The Eagles road a good performance from senior pitcher Brennan Hamilton to a district title appearance on Wednesday evening. Colonel Crawford defeated Mohawk (10-16) for the third time on the season, this time 4-2 in a Division IV district semifinal game.

Hamilton spread out eight hits over a complete game effort while striking out nine Warriors. The senior issued just one walk. At the plate, Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a run batted in and a run scored.

After a Hamilton single in the bottom of the first, he later scored when Van Wintersteller drove him in with a single to left field. Wintersteller was perfect at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a pair of runs brought in.

Hunter Haynes answered in the second when he drove in a pair of teammates on a single to give the Warriors a 2-1 advantage.

After a pair of walks to start the bottom half of the third, Wintersteller tied it up by driving a ball through the left field side. Nate McCartney executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to put the Eagles (15-12) up 3-2.

Colonel Crawford added their fourth run in the fourth inning on a Hamilton single that plated Rod Rike.

Despite a pair of hits in the top of the sixth, Mohawk was unable to get a run across. Hamilton and company did a good job of limiting Warriors’ runners on the base paths all game.

Mohawk got a single in the top of the seventh but would have nothing else cooking. Hamilton struck out Elias Magallanes on a called strike three looking to end the ball game.

Brayden Chester got the start on the hill for Mohawk and allowed three earned runs over four innings. The junior pitcher walked five batters to just two strikeouts. Kaleb Bish pitched two innings in relief and didn’t give up any runs while striking out one.

Colonel Crawford moves on to play Senenca East (15-12) on Friday, May 26, back at Heise Park in Galion. The Tigers won both regular season matchups, 8-7, 4-0.

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