The Hiawatha baseball team’s season ended Wednesday with a 7-6 loss to Freeport in a Class 1A River Ridge Sectional semifinal. The Hawks fought back, scoring three runs in the seventh, and the final out was recorded with two runners in scoring position.
“We had our chances. It ended up coming down to the last out and the guys really battled back in the seventh,” Hiawatha coach Sean Donnelly said. “... They played tough, was really proud of them for that.”
Tyler Burger went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for Hiawatha, while Mike Mercado had two RBIs. Will Corn finished with a double and an RBI, and Nick Doolittle had an RBI and scored three runs.
The Hawks end the season 11-9-2, a year that included the program’s first regional championship.
“It’s a tough way to end it, and, unfortunately, when you get into regionals and sectionals, most teams are going to end with a loss,” Donnelly said. “The kids are heartbroken by it, but I think in a couple days when things have died down, I think they’ll realize how special this was.”
Hawks’ season ends: Hiawatha lost, 13-2 in five innings, to Orangeville in a Class 1A Dakota Sectional semifinal.
Ashley Tamraz and Abby Turner each had a hit and an RBI for Hiawatha. Alanna Sterling and Dawn Failla each had a hit, and Tatiana Spung had a double.
“We had a great season. These girls played hard until the end,” Hiawatha coach David Tamraz said. “... Our girls played hard. These girls that we played, they just hit the ball hard. They had a couple home runs.”
Postponements: The Class 4A Jacobs Regional softball semifinal between DeKalb and Huntley has been postponed until 4:30 p.m. today. The Class 3A Sycamore Regional semifinal scheduled for Wednesday featuring Genoa-Kingston and Marengo also will take place at 4:30 p.m. today.