Hawks baseball wins section championship


Evan Manion

Anthony Strangis prepares to swing the bat during the Hawks’ game vs. Pine Richland on March 27. The Hawks won 2-1.

Going into the last week of section play, the Hawks were tied with Peters for first place.  In order to win it outright, they needed some things to go their way. They had to go 2-0 and hope Peters lost one of their games, and both were accomplished.

The week started with beating Canon-Mac 8-0 on Monday behind sophomore Eric Chalus’s gem on the mound and some solid defense behind him, giving up only five hits and no runs.

Center fielder Trevor Morrison made two impressive catches at big moments to save runs and keep the shutout.

“I just tried to catch everything my way. They didn’t really feel different from any other catches I made,” Morrison said.

At the plate, senior Anthony Strangis and junior Kevin Kogler both had multiple hits and drove in runs to lead the way.

Then on Wednesday, all the Black Hawks had to do was win at home against Baldwin.

The Highlanders applied pressure in the first inning by loading the bases and scoring a run, but the Hawks hitters responded with four straight doubles in the bottom of the inning to put up three runs on the board.

After that, it was the Evan Bromley and Cooper Shoemaker show.

Bromley threw a complete game and only gave up three hits and one run.

In the sixth inning, Shoemaker hit a two-run homer to extend the lead to 5-1 which ended up being the dagger as the game ended with that being the final score.

After the win, the Hawks were officially back-to-back section champs, finishing (14-3, 10-2 in section)

Shoemaker said, “It was a great year and I was really glad that I decided to come back to be a part of a section championship team. We are a tight group and had a lot of good times throughout the season.”

The playoff pairings will be coming out on Friday, May 10 and the Hawks will find out who they will be playing in the quarterfinals, most likely getting a bye through the first round.