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Baseball - Tue, Apr. 4, 2017

The Blackhawks swept the Lakers in West Burlington. 

West Burlington, Iowa – The Iowa Lakes Community College Lakers headed down to West Burlington to take on the Blackhawks in the Hawks second conference series of the year.

Game 1 – The Blackhawks sent out Otis Roby for his second conference start of the year. Roby was on his game early as he allowed just three baserunners to reach in his first four innings of work.

The Blackhawks offense ignited in the third inning for three runs. With two outs in the inning, Braeden Brown and Zeb Adreon drew back to back walks and three straight singles from Luis Vargas, Oswaldo Calderon and Austin Martin made the game 3-0.

In the top of the 5th inning, Roby allowed one run on two hits. The leadoff hitter in the inning for the Lakers reached first on a single, was sacrificed to second base on a bunt and came around to score on a two out single. This was the only blemish on the afternoon for Roby as he went six innings allowing one unearned run and struck out nine batters for the win. His record stands at 5-1.

The Blackhawk offense tacked on another two runs in the bottom of the 5th inning when back to back singles and a two base error gave the Blackhawks one run and a sacrifice fly from Chase Wood gave the Hawks their final run of the game. Trace Hoffman came in the 7th to shut the door allowing one baserunner to reach. The final score stood at 5-1.

Game 2 – Tanner Foster took the bump for the Blackhawks in game two. Tanner was touched early for a couple runs on three singles in the inning.

In the bottom of the second the Blackhawks struck in a big way. They sent ten batters to the plate scoring six runs. Oswaldo Calderon doubled, followed by a single from Austin Martin and Frank Guerrero getting hit by the pitch. The next five batters all recorded an RBI. Josh Rawlinson recorded a single with an RBI, followed by Chase Wood, a single from Braeden Brown, a two run double from Zeb Adreon, capped off by an RBI double from Luis Vargas.

Foster settled in after the first and only allowing two more runs to score in the next four innings of work to finish his evening with five innings pitched and five strikeouts. Bryan Callaly came in relief in the top of the 6th and faced three batters striking out one.

The Blackhawks offense pushed for three more runs in the remaining innings as Luis Vargas hit a two RBI double in the fourth and Chase Wood came across to score in the bottom of the sixth.

Duane Cyr came in for the Hawks in the top of the 7th inning and pitched three innings allowing three hits, one earned run and struck out five in his three inning appearance, earning the save.

Game 3 – Andrew Stout took the mound for the Blackhawks in game three of the series. Andrew allowed two hits and two walks in his first two innings of work allowing one run to score. Jared Skubic took over for Stout in the third inning and struck out three of the first four batters he faced.

The Blackhawk offense took the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning when Luis Vargas led off the inning with a walk and Oswaldo Calderon brought him home all the way from first with a double of his own. Austin Martin drove Oswaldo Calderon home to give the Blackhawks the 2-1 lead.

In the top of the fifth the Lakers sent eight batters to the plate and pushed across three hits and made the score 4-2 Lakers late in the game.

The Blackhawks answered in a big way in the bottom of the sixth inning. Calderon led the inning off with a double followed by a walk to Austin Martin. Frank Guerrero came up with a single down the right field line to score two and tie the game. After a wild pitch moved Guerrero to second base, Oliver Baez came up big with a single to left field giving the Hawks the lead. Two hitters later Braeden Brown struck the nail in the coffin driving a 2-1 pitch over the left center field wall giving the Blackhawks the 7-4 lead. Trace Hoffman came in the top of the 7th and shut the door on the Lakers giving him his 8th save of the season.

Game 4- Pedro Garcia took the ball for the Blackhawks in the series finale.

The Blackhawks struck early in game four. Braden Brown singled and Zeb Adreon doubled him home to give the Blackhawks the early 1-0 lead.

In the top of the second, the Lakers tied the game at one a piece with one hit and one run in the inning.

In the bottom of the third inning the Blackhawks took the lead once again. This time it was Luis Vargas singling home Chase Wood to bring the hawks back to the lead 2-1.

Like clockwork the Lakers struck again. This time it was for three runs. The Lakers had two hits in the inning but a pair of walks and an error made the game 4-2.

The Blackhawk offense answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game. Chase Wood led the inning off advancing to first base on an error by the third baseman. Braeden Brown hit a triple to score Wood and bring the ballgame to a one run game. A passed ball scored Brown and tied the game at four a piece.

The Lakers answered in the top of the sixth inning when Bryan Callaly allowed one run on one hit. After that run scored Callaly settled in and struck out six batters straight before yielding a groundball out to end the eighth. In Callaly's three innings of work he allowd one hit and struck out seven Lakers.

The Blackhawks were stymied until the last moments of the game. Down 5-4 with two outs already in the inning, Zeb Adreon sparked an improbable comeback. He singled and was followed by Luis Vargas who drew a nine pitch walk. Oswaldo Calderon stepped up to the plate and with a two strike count hit a single to centerfield tying the game a five. With a chance to win the game, Austin Martin hit a ball to centerfield but the celebration was cut short by a diving catch by the second baseman sending the game in to extra innings.

 Sam Noel took over for Callaly in the 9th and allowed no runs on no hits and stranded a man at first base. In the 10th, Noel continued his hot streak and faced the minimum striking out two.

The 10th inning started out with back to back walks from Frank Guerrero and Marco Melgoza. Austin Hardie stepped to the plate with one out, having already entered the game in the bottom of the ninth as a pinch hitter and drove a 1-0 pitch to the right centerfield wall to walk off the Lakers and give the Blackhawks their first series sweep of the season.