Baseball team upsets #3 team in state in Boise Tournament

Liam Bradford, Sports Editor

The Lakeland Hawks (1-8) played five games over the break, and although the record doesn’t look as good as the team wants, they finally showed their extremely high potential. 

In their first game in the Boise tournament, Lakeland upset the #3 team in the state, the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks, with a bold and impressive 9-6 win.

Cameron Harris toed the slab for the Hawks and pitched a stellar game against an excellent hitting team in Canyon Ridge. He pitched 3.2 innings, had seven punch-out victims, only walked one batter, and allowed only two earned runs. Harris showed his sky-high potential in this win, and the Hawks are definitely going to turn to him a lot in the big games this year because of performances like this. 

In their second game of the tournament, the Hawks had a rough game against the Jerome Tigers and fell 13-1. 

The Lakeland Hawks looked to recover in game three of the tournament. However, they fell 7-2 to the Skyview Hawks in their second game in the tournament. The Hawks pitched very well in this game and only allowed two earned runs to a strong team offensively in Skyview. 

Payden Wysong, Sean Tierney, and Garrett Love all pitched in this game, and combined, they threw six innings, allowed four hits and two earned runs, and struck out five while walking six. With an outstanding pitching performance from Lakeland in this game, the Hawks threw everything they had at Skyview, but they fell due to a weak offensive performance and defensive errors. 

The Hawks lost in the fourth and final game of the tournament to the Sugar-Salem Diggers 17-2. 

After returning home from the Boise tournament, the Hawks played a doubleheader on Saturday against the Moscow Bears. The Hawks lost both games 14-8 but played well offensively in each game. 

Scotty Hocking went five for eight with five RBI’s in the combined two games. Josh Mason went two for two in the first game, which he pitched in. Catcher Sam Pemberton went three for seven with two RBI’s. Scott Pote hit well in the first game hitting three for five with two RBI’s. 

The Hawks will look to bounce back against Lake City on Wednesday at three.