Hatfield baseball offense explodes in sixth, beats Mohawk

  • Sam Dobosn, left, of Hatfield, scores on an error as Mohawk catcher Tyler Dubreuil can't get to the throw during a Sandy Koufax League game, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Smith Academy. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Leo Forrest, right, of Hatfield, tags out Cole Johnson, of Mohawk, on a rundown between first and second during a Sandy Koufax League game, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Smith Academy. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Logan Graves, of Hatfield, eyes a pitch he hit for a triple against Mohawk and scored on, after an error at third, in a Sandy Koufax League game, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Smith Academy. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Aiden Pederson, top, of Hatfield, leaps Jacob Martin, of Mohawk, and makes it safely to third on a hit by Shane Prusak during a Sandy Koufax League game, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Smith Academy. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Will Dobson, of Hatfield, pitches to Mohawk during a Sandy Koufax League game, Monday, at Smith Academy. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Logan Graves, second from right, of Hatfield, is greeted at home after he scored against Mohawk with a triple and an error in a Sandy Koufax League game, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Smith Academy. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Wyatt Jeffress, left, of Hatfield, prepares to catch as Wyatt Edes, of Mohawk, steals third during a Sandy Koufax League game, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Smith Academy. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

For The Gazette
Published: 7/8/2019 11:59:25 PM

HATFIELD — After leading 9-8 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Hatfield Sandy Koufax baseball team scored eight runs in what would be their final at-bats to defeat Mohawk 17-8.

Trey Kuzmeski got the start for Hatfield (8-7) and pitched two innings and struck out three. Wyatt Edes (three hits, two RBI) started for Mohawk and pitched five innings and allowed nine runs.

Hatfield jumped out to a 6-0 lead after all 11 batters had plate appearances in the first inning.

Edes walked three straight batters to bring in the first run, Sam Dobson (two hits) came to the plate. Dobson hit a two-RBI single to score Will Dobson and Wyatt Jeffress and make it a 3-0 game.

Josh Gingras (hit, walk) doubled to drive in Logan Graves and Sam Dobson, before scoring on an Aiden Pederson single two batters later to make it 6-0.

Mohawk (1-13) scored six runs in the third inning to make it a 7-6 game after Tyler Dubreuil (three hits) doubled to left field and drove in a run.

Owen Lake (hit, two walks) added to the offense driving in a run of his own.

After Kuzmeski allowed five runs and walked the bases loaded, Will Dobson (one hit, two walks) came in to pitch in relief.

Dobson pitched five innings, struck out twelve and allowed three runs.

“I just try to throw strikes, that’s all I’m thinking about,” Dobson said. “Getting over the plate and seeing if we can get a ground ball or something.”

Dobson’s best pitch was his curveball, which was the main pitch he used to retire seven batters looking.

“It’s one of my best pitches,” Dobson said. “I try to get the first strike with a fastball, then I’ll go to curveball and if that works I’ll go high fastball just to get the angle up, it throws them off.”

Hatfield coach John Smiarwoski acknowledged Dobson’s timely dominance.

“It all comes down to pitching, our relief pitcher, Will Dobson, he was great,” Smiarowski said. “Today we needed him and he shut them down and we were able to win.”

Despite Edes having allowed nine runs, the Warriors offense was able to give him the run support to keep the game tied 8-8 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.

“I thought Wyatt, our starting pitcher, did a great job of keeping his composure and keeping us in the game,” Mohawk coach John Finck said. “He was throwing the ball well, he was just missing.”

Leading by only one run heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Shane Prusak (two hits, walk) came to bat with runners on second and third and singled to left and drove in a run.

The highlight of the inning came when Graves drove a ball deep to the outfield for a triple, but an error on the throw to third base gave him the free bag and added a run to Hatfield’s total.

The Falcons would add one more run in the frame to make it 17-8.

Smiarowski noted his teams ability to come from behind and get themselves back into position to win games.

“Our teams been like this all year, we can be up and down,” Smiarowski said. “We came back and put it together, you never know what's going to happen.”


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