Chances are really, really good that if a team doesn’t give up a single run, it has a very good chance of winning a game.
Hiland hosted Dalton and Buckeye Trail in double-headers on April 28 and May 1 and did not allow either team to touch home plate. That resulted in a pair of 5-0 and 8-0 wins over Dalton and wins of 15-0 and 13-0 over Buckeye Trail. The Hawks then traveled to Claymont and threw up another goose egg, this time in a 17-0 victory.
Cameron Miller tossed the first shut-out versus the Bulldogs in a 5-0 win, and a combined 8-0 victory by Damien Kandel and Alec Yoder led the Hawks in game two versus Dalton.
In the opening 15-0 win over the Warriors, Kyle Mast twirled a complete-game two-hitter and struck out nine, and Kevin Borntrager and Korrie Hostetler combined on a one-hitter while striking out a combined six Buckeye Trail batters in the nightcap. Ricky Miller and Alec Yoder combined on the shut-out win over Claymont.
Tack on Ricky Miller’s 11-0 win over Malvern and Cordell Miller’s eight-inning shut-out of Garaway and the seven straight shut-outs pushed the Hawks record to 19-3 and lowered the team earned run average to a paltry 1.31.
The Hawks opened the cold Saturday double-dip by sending Cameron Miller to the mound against Dalton’s Chance Green, who held his own against the Hawks for most of the game.
Hiland did manage to take an early first-inning lead by plating a single run on the strength of a pair of Bulldogs errors.
It remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth when the Hawks put some distance between themselves and the Bulldogs.
Kandel walked to start the inning, and after Casey Kalman bunted him to second and Kyle Mast was hit by a pitch, Derek Burke’s ground out moved the runners ahead. Michael Miller then delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single, plating Kandel and Mast to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead. Andy Miller followed by raking a long double to the gap in left center for a 4-0 lead.
That was more than enough for Cameron Miller, who was making quick work of Dalton hitters. He struck out a pair in the top of the sixth, and Hiland tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the inning when Burke legged out an infield hit, stole second, went to third on an errant throw down and scored on Michael Miller’s liner into center.
Alex Alger lashed a wicked liner up the middle to start the final inning that Cameron Miller somehow managed to catch. Miller gave up a walk but easily retired the final two Bulldogs to complete the shut-out.
Dalton managed just three hits, coming off the bats of Adam Manley, Alger and Derek Gerber. Green went all six innings on the mound, allowing nine hits and five runs, four of which were earned, while walking two and striking out one.
Cameron Miller tossed seven shut-out innings, giving up the three hits while striking out three and walking one batter. At the plate Michael Miller had a pair of hits while driving in three runs. Andy Miller and Kalman each delivered a pair of hits.
Game two was more scoreless pitching for the Hawks. Kandel started dealing, and his teammates provided all the runs he would need in the first two innings as Hiland quickly built a 7-0 lead.
Michael Miller led off Hiland’s first with a single, and Andy Miller reached after his sacrifice bunt was botched and both runners moved up a base. They weren’t there long because Cameron Miller uncorked a double to put Hiland ahead 2-0.
Kandel cruised through the second inning, and Hiland went right back to work.
The inning began as an exact duplicate as Drew Yoder singled. Tyler Kline then reached when his bunt was mishandled, Yoder advancing to third. After Kline stole second, Michael Miller smashed a double to center to make it 4-0. Andy Miller singled in a run, and after Cordell Miller singled, Cameron Miller hit a sacrifice fly and Kandel doubled to right. Cordell Miller then scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-0.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the top of the fourth inning with two outs, but Kandel induced a ground out off the bat of Green to maintain the shut-out.
Kandel continued to dance in and out of trouble in the fifth. With two outs Andrew Kandel drew a walk, and Seth Manley singled. Alger then hit a ground ball to second, where Drew Yoder committed an error, but the Hawks nailed Andrew Kandel at home plate to end the frame.
Ricky Miller singled home a run in the bottom of the fifth for Hiland to make it 8-0, and on came Alec Yoder to relieve Damien Kandel on the mound.
The senior dominated, retiring all six batters he faced, striking out four of them to seal the deal for Hiland.
Manley had two hits for Dalton while Austin Hershberger collected the only other hit. Layton Hoover took the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs with Derek Gerber and Colby Hilty throwing in relief, both relievers giving up a single tally apiece.
Michael Miller banged out three hits, scored three runs and drove in a pair to lead Hiland’s 11-hit attack. Drew Yoder had a pair of hits, and Cameron Miller drove home three runs.
Against Buckeye Trail, Mast was dominant, allowing only two hits as the Hawks sent a whopping 19 batters to the plate in the first inning alone. Hiland jumped all over Buckeye Trail for 13 runs in the opening inning, an attack that saw Hershberger, Cordell Miller, Kandel and Mast all rake a pair of hits before the Warriors could record three outs.
Hershberger and Mast both recorded three hits and scored a pair of runs in the game while Cordell Miller, Drew Yoder and Casey Kalman all collected a pair of hits. Tyler Kline drove in three runs while Andy Miller, Cameron Miller, Kandel and Kalman all drove home a pair.
In the nightcap versus Buckeye Trail, Borntrager twirled four innings of one-hit baseball, striking out four while walking one. Hostetler came in and tossed a perfect final inning in the 10-run-rule affair, striking out a pair.
Hiland went about destroying the Warriors in a little more methodical way this time, scoring three in the first, four in the second, four in the third and two more in the fifth.
Michael Miller was the catalyst for Hiland, pounding out three hits and scoring four runs. Derek Burke collected two hits and drove in four runs. Tyler Kline and Logan Miller each had two hits while Hershberger and Kandel both drove home a pair of runs for the Hawks.
Versus Claymont, Ricky Miller twirled three innings of four-strikeout, two-hit baseball. Alec Yoder tossed the final two innings, allowing three hits while striking out five.
Cameron Miller led the offense with three hits including two doubles and driving in four. Andy Miller posted three hits, scored three times and drove in a trio of runs.