The Soo Night Hawks competed in the Central Michigan University College Prospects Baseball Tournament June 9th to the 11th in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
The Night Hawks opened the tournament by battling to a 5 – 5 time limit tie with the Lakes Area Dodgers on Friday June 9th at Theunissen Stadium. The Night Hawks would then play at Theunissen Stadium on Saturday morning June 10th and beat the Oakland Aces 6 – 1. The Night Hawks would then travel to Mount Pleasant High School to take on the eventual tournament champion Saginaw Golds and drop a 13 – 3 decision. The Night Hawks would then take on the Central Illinois Diamond Rats on Sunday Morning June 11th in the second place game and would drop a hard fought 8 to 6 decision to finish 3 rd overall.
In the Friday opener with several college scouts in attendance Braedon Whalen would take to the mound for the Night Hawks. The Night Hawks jumped out to a quick 3 – 0 lead in the bottom of the first. After the Dodgers got two back in the third, the Night Hawks would respond with two of their one in the fourth. The Dodgers would then plate a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to have the game end at five all. Whalen would strike out five over five 1/3 innings of work.
Offensively runs were scored by Tyler Sayers, Dylan Sewell, Whalen, and Jack McLeod. Driving in runs were Stephen Bos and Noah O’Brien. Picking up hits in the game were Sayers, Sewell, McLeod, Bos, Brett Deschene, and O’Brien.
In the second game of the tournament the Night Hawks would plate a pair of runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings enroute to the 6 – 1 victory. Jake McLeod went the distance on the mound for the Night Hawks striking out 13 batters. Offensively the Night Hawks would get runs from Dylan Sewell, Tyler Sayers, Braedon Whalen, Noah O’Brien, Brett Deschene, and Cole Wright. Driving in runs were McLeod, Whalen, Noah Pearce, and Malcolm McPhee. Picking up hits in the victory were Sewell, Sayers, Whalen, Deschene and McPhee.
Against the Saginaw Golds, the Night Hawks got runs from Dylan Sewell, and Tyler Sayers while Braedon Whalen and Brandon Boyer picked up the RBIs. Picking up hits were Sewell, Sayers, Whalen, Boyer, and Noah Pearce.
In the Sunday morning battle for tournament runner up, the Night Hawks would battle hard to come back from an early 5 – 0 first inning deficit. The Night Hawks would battle back to tie the game scoring three in the third and two in the fifth . After the Diamond Rats would put up three more in the bottom of fifth for an 8 – 5 lead, the Night Hawks would get one back in the sixth, but that was as close as they could get eventually dropping the game 8 – 6.
Offensively scoring runs for the Night Hawks were Tyler Sayers, Dylan Sewell, Jack McLeod, Malcolm McPhee, and Cole Wright. Driving in runs were Sewell, Braedon Whalen, Brandon Boyer, and McPhee. Picking up hits were Sayers, Sewell, McLeod, and McPhee.
The tournament provided the team a great opportunity to experience playing on a college baseball field with college scouts in attendance. Scouts in attendance have shown interest with several Night Hawks players. The coaching staff is happy with the way the team played and competed all weekend.
Following the CMU College Prospects Tournament the Night Hawks season record now stands at 9 and 9 with the one tie.
Source: Soo Night Hawks