Hawks unable to overcome deficit, lose 13-5 to Grizzlies

On Friday, May 6, the Hawks played the Glacier Peak Grizzlies in a home game that would put either team in second place in the division. Both teams had an 11-4 record coming into this game, making this an important game for both sides.

A hot start led by senior first baseman Ashley Fitzgerald and freshman outfielder Julia Brocksmith put the Hawks up 2-0 in the bottom of the first. Right away the Grizzlies struck back with a counterattack of their own, matching the Hawks and tying the game at 2 in the top of the second.

After the second inning, the momentum began to swing in favor of the Grizzlies as the Hawks went down on a 4 run inning by Glacier Peak, making the score 6-2 in the top of the third. In the bottom half of the inning, the Hawks were able to decrease the deficit through Brocksmith who drove in 2 more on a single up the middle, making it only a two point game in favor of the Grizzlies.

Glacier Peak took hold of all the momentum and went on to score one more in the fourth, tacked on four more runs in the sixth, and then another two  in the seventh making the score 13-4 in their favor.

On a steal attempt in the sixth, sophomore shortstop Sammy Ruiz was cleated in the ankle and had to come out for the rest of the game. This was a huge blow to the Hawks as Sammy Ruiz has been one of the young leaders and sparks on this team as well as being their leader in home runs with eight on the year.

In the bottom half of the seventh inning, the Hawks scored one run on a single by Fitzgerald making the score 13-5 Grizzlies but at that point, the Hawks were faced with too much of a deficit with too little time. The Hawks went onto lost

The Hawks have two more games: one against the fourth place Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on their home field on Monday, May 9 away, and then the final game against the Shorewood Thunderbirds at home on Tuesday, May 10.