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PALATINE, Ill. – The Harper bats were on fire Tuesday afternoon in the Hawks' home-opening doubleheader against Milwaukee. In game one, Harper pounded out 14 hits and won 19-9 in five innings. In game two, the Hawks recorded 12 hits and held on for a 9-8 victory over the Stormers.
After the Stormers (2-9, 0-2 N4C) scratched across a run in the top of the first inning of game one, the Hawks (4-6, 2-0 N4C) exploded for 10 runs in the first inning and never looked back. They scored twice in the second and three more times in both the third and fourth innings to build an 18-2 lead.
Milwaukee used a seven-run fifth inning to make it 18-9, but Chris Elliot's no-out RBI single scored Neal Ori(Palatine, Ill./Palatine) (1-for-1, three RBIs) to end the game.
Steven Yfantis (Prospect Heights, Ill./Wheeling) (1-1) threw all five innings for his first win of the 2014 campaign. His brother, shortstop Theo Yfantis (Prospect Heights, Ill./Wheeling), was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBIs. Outfielder Chuck Terron (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) went 1-for-2 with three RBIs, and designated hitter James Ioriatti (/Hersey) also went 1-for-2 with three RBIs in the game.
Despite falling behind 4-2 after two innings in game two, Harper scored two times in both the third and fourth innings and added three runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-5 lead. Milwaukee scored twice in the sixth and another time in the seventh. With two outs and the bases loaded, Dan Pultorak (Dixon, Ill./Dixon) struck out Milwaukee's Lucas Keller to give the Hawks a 9-8 win and his first save of the season.
Brent Kiesel (Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood) (2-1) earned the victory on the mound for Harper, and Milwaukee's Tyler Hart was saddled with the loss.
Kurt Becker (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, and Theo Yfantis (Prospect Heights, Ill./Wheeling) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
The Hawks are back on the field today at home against Rock Valley for a non-conference game. First pitch is set for 3 PM for this nine-inning game.