Hawks win Div. III state championship with 7-1 win over Waynedale

Hawks win Div. III state championship with 7-1 win over Waynedale

September 12, 2016

By: Hiland Baseball

The Hiland baseball did something on June 4 that no other team in its program’s history has done. The 2016 edition of the Hawks won the Div. III state title on Saturday evening with a 7-1 win over the Waynedale Golden Bears.

Tyson Gingerich’s three-run triple in the bottom of the fourth inning pushed a 1-1 tie to a Hawks’ 6-1 lead and was the big hit of the game. All five of the Hawks’ runs in the fourth came with two outs. Chris Kline and Bryan Yoder also had RBI hits in the inning.

On the hill, Mitch Massaro got the call in the title game, didn’t have his best stuff, but worked through some jams and got the ‘W’. Massaro went 5.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits and whiffed two Golden Bears.

Senior Eric Mullet got the final five outs of the game in relief for the Hawks and gets the save and preserved his season-long scoreless innings streak. More importantly, the Hawks won the state title behind the pair of quality arms.

Waynedale’s only run came in the third inning on Evan Reidenbach’s fielder’s choice that scored Jarrett Wonsick.

Reidenbach got the start on the hill for Waynedale and gave up six runs on seven hits. He struck out one and walked one.

At the dish the Hawks got multiple-hit games from their one, two and three hitters. Kline, Gingerich and Bryan Yoder all delivered two hits for the Hawks and Kline and Gingerich each had two runs.

Mullet, Massaro and Kobe Miller all added singles for the Hawks in the win.