Hawks double up 'Dogs in series finale
QUINCY, Ill. – The Quincy Hawks hit .467 as a team on Saturday and belted four home runs in taking two from the Truman Baseball team to conclude their home-and-home weekend series. The Hawks edged out the Bulldogs 9-7 in game one and won game two 14-4.
The Bulldogs chased QU starter Jimmy McDonald after only four batters into the game.
The game opened with two straight walks before Charlie Kreh belted a double to center to give Truman a 2-0 lead.
Brendan Trimble drove in Kreh on a 3-2 pitch for a 3-0 lead to send the Hawks to their bullpen.
Brian Edell hit a sac fly and Adam Stolley stroked an RBI single to give Truman a 5-0 lead after their first at bat.
Brynn Martinez doubled to right center to start the Hawks first and scored on a sac fly to center to make it 5-1.
Quincy's first three hitters reached to start the second. A sac fly and error led to the Hawks scoring four runs in the frame to tie the game at five.
Truman regained the lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Stolley to score Dan Ampleman but the Bulldogs left the bases loaded.
Bulldog starter Matt Wade couldn't get through the fifth as he was chased after allowing three runs on two hits and two hit batsmen. Quincy jumped back on top 8-6.
A bunt single by Evan Kayser loaded the bases for Truman in the sixth with no outs but Truman manged just one run on sac fly from Ampleman.
The Hawks matched the run with an RBI single from Chandler Purcell.
Closer Cole Crawford got the final three outs in the sixth and set Truman down in order in the seventh to notch the save.
Kreh, Trimble, Kayser, Ampleman and Stolley all had two hits apiece in game one for Truman.
The Hawks hit all four of their day two home runs in the second game and two came off the bat of Cody Birdsong.
Mason King reached on a bunt single and scored the game's first run on a double from Brendan Trimble.
Birdsong's first home was a solo shot in the first and the Hawks added two more to lead 3-1.
Jon Lyons reached on a fielder's choice that scored Dan Ampleman in the second to cut the lead down to 3-2.
After a two-out walk to Martinez, Birdsong homered to right on a 1-1 pitch.
Troy Wehde followed Birdsong with a homer to right center and a 6-2 QU lead.
King singled again via bunt and scored on a sac fly from Trimble to cut lead in half at 6-3.
Martinez hit a solo home run to start the fourth inning but the Hawks left the bases loaded after relief pitcher Blake Bagenstos struck out Matt Hilmes on a 3-2 pitch.
King hit his third hit of the game and would score on a single through the right side by Evan Kayser.
The dam broke in the fifth when Quincy scored six times on six hits, three doubles and took a commanding 13-4 lead.
They would run-rule the Bulldogs in the seventh on an RBI single by Purcell.
Bryan Clark took the loss to slip to 2-6 while reliever Brandan Moriarty was the winning pitcher for Quincy.
Courtesy of Truman State Athletics