A 13-run seventh inning propelled the Mound Westonka High School baseball team to a 17-4 win at Rockford on May 11.
The game started out as if the White Hawks would coast to victory. They scored runs in each of the first three innings. Junior Evan Dahl led off the game with a single and promptly stole second base. Passed balls moved him to third base and later scored him.
In the second inning, junior Hank Nagel led off with a walk. Nagel then stole second and scored on a base hit by senior Jerry Krahl. Then Krahl stole second base and scored on a hit by senior Dylan Roth. Sophomore Sam Dufault started the third inning the same way, singling and stealing second. He later scored on a passed ball.
Poor defense by the White Hawks and some timely hitting by the Rockets got Rockford back in the game. The game was tied 4-4 in the top of the sixth when Nagel stole third and scored on a catcher’s throwing error. However, the umpire ruled batter’s interference, and the White Hawks had their run taken off the scoreboard, and the inning ended.
In the top of the seventh inning, everything went the White Hawks’ way. Roth led off with a walk, and Dahl had his third single of the day to put runners on first and second. Junior Jack LaTour laid down a perfect bunt that the Rockets catcher should have held onto. Instead, he fired it to an uncovered first base and into right field, allowing both runners to score.
Junior Andrew Fish followed with a single. Dufault singled in a run, and then senior Evan Kennedy doubled in two more. The hit parade continued, and 13 White Hawks runs scored in the inning. Kennedy got the win in relief of Dufault. Dahl went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .553 on the season. LaTour, Fish, Kennedy and Roth each had two hits.
The White Hawks improved to 7-3 in the Wright County Conference with the win, equaling their conference win total of last season with four more games to go. If the weather cooperates, the White Hawks will host Dassel-Cokato on Friday, May 19.