The Hamel Hawks 13AA Team completed its first tournament of the season, with 4 wins and 1 loss, garnering a second-place finish at the 2021 East Ridge Classic Baseball Tournament in Woodbury. By finishing second in the tournament, the Hawks qualified for the MYAS State Tournament and the MBT State Tournament.
The Hawks’ offense jumped on Shakopee in game 1, completing a 17-5 route in 4 ½ innings on Friday night. Every Hawks player safely reached base and all but 1 scored at least 1 run. On the mound, Henry Peterson led the way, pitching 3 complete and giving up only 1 earned run.
The Hawks recorded two victories Saturday, beating the East Ridge Raptors 4-3 in the early game, and the Farmington Tigers 13-7 in the afternoon. In the early tilt, Sam Mohs led the offense, going 2 for 3 and scoring 2 runs. Josh Wilson and Hunsley Cole each adding a run. Sam Mohs pitched 3 scoreless innings, with Josh Wilson and Graham Utsey each contributing two innings from the mound.
Against the Farmington Tigers, the Hawks offense came alive, with all but 1 Hawks player safely reaching base and a number of players scoring, lead by Wilson, who went 2 for 3 with a walk and scored 3 runs. Mike Aamoth pitched a gem, pitching the last 4 innings complete, giving up a single run.
The Hawks advanced to the championship game by defeating the Mankato Royals 8-0 in the semi-final game. Offensively, Cole led the Hawks going 3 for 3, scoring 2 runs. Oliver Agar went 2 for 3 with a walk and also scored twice. Mohs pitched a complete 7-inning game shutout, giving up only 2 hits, 3 walks and striking out 13.
The Hawks fell to Wayzata 9-6 in the championship game. The Hawks spotted Wayzata 5 runs the first inning and could not quite climb back as they struggled offensively. Although the Hawks settled for a second-place finish, it was a great weekend of baseball.