The Hastings Hawks took part in the Rivertown Days festivities as they hosted the Prescott Pirates in the River Rumble on Friday, July 19. Due to the excessive heat and heavy game load for both teams as well as the umpire, the game was shortened to seven innings. However, the storms that came through shortened it even further as the Hawks beat the Pirates 4-3 in five innings as the downpour made the field unplayable.
Hastings now heads into a play-in series for the Class C teams in the Classic Cannon Valley League (CCVL) teams to see who will make the Region 5C playoffs. Three of the five CCVL C-teams and five from the Twin Rivers will make up the 8-team 5C playoffs to see who will go on to the state tournament. The Hawks are the No. 3 seed and will play the No. 4 Lake City Serpents in a best-of-three series. Game one will be at Veterans Park on Tuesday, July 23, and game two in Lake City on Friday, July 26, both games starting at 8 p.m. If necessary, game three would be on Sunday, July 28, in Hastings.
The Hawks took a 3-0 lead over the Pirates in the second inning and never trailed. Cole Benson walked, Dennis Reinhart reached on a fielder's choice with an error on the throw to second trying to get Benson and Jesse Olson followed up with an RBI single to score Benson. Starting pitcher Nick Horsch brought in Reinhart on another fielder's choice and Jason Greeder scored Olson with another RBI single.
The Pirates tied the game in the top of the fifth on five hits and an error, but Hastings responded by taking the lead in the bottom of the fifth after Blake Warner and Adam Medlicott hit back-to-back doubles. It was after the end of the fifth inning that the game was called.
Horsch pitched all five innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on 10 hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Warner and Brenden Kruger led the team with two hits each while Horsch, Greeder, Medlicott and Olson all had RBI. Warner, Benson, Reinhart and Olson all each scored a run.