First-year Archbishop Hannan baseball coach Paul Wineski summed it up after the game.
“You score 14 runs, you are supposed to win the ballgame.”
Hannan scored 14 runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks dropped a 15-14 district game at home to Albany on April 10.
“We kicked the ball around and, in the end, it cost us the ballgame,” he continued.
Tied 14-14 in the eighth inning, back-to-back doubles by Brock Bankston and Joey Smith proved to be the difference as the Hornets took a 15-14 advantage. The Hawks were able to get a baserunner on in the bottom half of the eighth, but pinch-runner Jake Kopecky was picked off to end the game.
Archbishop Hannan raced out to an early 5-0 advantage in its first at bat, sending 10 batters to the plate. Aided by four walks, first baseman Ben Bonnaffee had the big hit of the inning for the Hawks with a two-run single.
Albany responded in the third inning, notching eight runs on five hits to take an 8-5 advantage. But Hannan again bat around, scoring five more runs via RBI singles by Cade Myers and Jacob Gaude and a two-run double by Bryce Gregooire to make it a 10-8 contest.
The Hawks extended their lead to 14-8 over the next two innings with two runs in the fourth and fifth innings, before Albany began its comeback with five more runs in the sixth inning and a single run in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
“The positive I try to take out of this game is our team’s resiliency,” Wineski said. “We proved we can get clutch hits in crunch time. What got us in the end was our inability to play defense well.”
NOTES: The Hornets sweep the series against the Hawks, having beaten them 8-7 on April 8 in a game that was moved to Southeastern Louisiana.