New Heights boys wins 1, lose 1

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By Shug Haigler

Hawks split their two games last week defeating Long Middle School in Cheraw on Wednesday, March 7 and then losing to Chesterfield/Ruby Middle later in the week.  

Both games were called at the two-hour time limit.

Dusty Burch was the winning pitcher against Long Middle, pitching four innings and striking out six. The Hawks collected eight hits coming from D.J. Drake with two hits; Dante Blakeney two hits,  and one RBI; Javonte Parks and Dymarcus Hubbard with one hit and two RBI’s each; Mason Arant with one hit and one RBI and Deion Mason with one hit.

The Hawks came up on the short end of a 10-2 score at Chesterfield on Thursday, March 8. Javonte Parks pitched two innings and was the losing pitcher. 

Again the Hawks pounded out eight hits off the bats of D.J. Drake with two hitsand one RBI; Dante Blakeney, Dusty Burch, Deion Mason and Jacob Dale with one hit each; Dymarcus Hubbard with two hits.

Hawks’ head coach Tim Sullivan commented, “We’re glad to get the season started and our first game at Cheraw was exciting. I was proud that we hung in there and battled back to win the game. Thursday at Chesterfield was completely different. We couldn’t throw strikes and walked too many batters and did not do a good job at the plate until late in the game. The two-hour rule stinks. It’s not a good rule win or lose because it affects the game in so many ways. We will have to adjust to it and hope to be leading when time is up.”

Hawks’ player Dante Blakeney said, “We played pretty solid in our opening game at Cheraw and got the bats going late in the game. I’m glad we got the win.”

Teammate D.J. Drake also commented, “We did a good job against Cheraw. We battled hard and played team ball. We started slow at Chesterfield and could have played better. We have to put this one behind us and be prepared for the next one.”

The Hawks (1-1) played at Darlington on Monday and will host Long Middle School on Wednesday in their home opener. 

All home games are scheduled to be played at Conbraco Park starting at 5:30 p.m..