Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Harper Splits Doubleheader with Milwaukee

The Hawks won the first game before dropping the second game. (Jim Cummins)
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Harper Hawks took care of business in the first game of a doubleheader against Milwaukee Area Technical College Saturday before their win streak came to a halt with a second game defeat.

Harper (16-18) took game one 6-2 with strong hitting at the top of the order and an excellent relief effort by Mike Sampson (Mount Prospect, Ill., Prospect). Harper’s top four batters in the lineup went a combined 5-for-13 with five RBIs, with Andrew Skinner (Lyons, Ill., St. Joseph) leading the way by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Hawks starting pitcher Chris Bobo lasted just two innings, but Sampson came in relief and threw five scoreless innings with five strikeouts to pick up the win.

The Hawks trailed 2-1 into the fifth inning, but they went ahead with back-to-back two-out RBI doubles by Kurt Becker (Palatine, Ill., Palatine) and Cory Kay (Arlington Heights, Ill., St. Viator). Harper tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning, and Sampson pitched a scoreless seventh inning to give the Hawks their fourth consecutive victory.

Harper committed four errors in game two and fell 8-4. The Hawks plated three runs in the second inning to take an early lead, but the Stormers tied the game up with a run in the second inning and two runs in the third inning. The Hawks briefly regained the lead in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Theo Yfantis (Prospect Heights, Ill., Wheeling), but the Stormers scored once in the fourth, once in the fifth, and three times in the sixth to take control of the game.

Steven Yfantis (Prospect Heights, Ill., Wheeling) took the loss on the mound, going 5 1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs on twelve hits. MATC pitcher Randall Meyer earned the win, giving up just one run over 5 2/3 innings of relief. 

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