Hawks eliminated from regionals after losing to McLennan and Midland

Tony Claxton (claxtonphotography.com) Howard College shortstop Trey Ochoa fields a hit during the Hawk's loss to Midland College in the second round of the Region V tournament on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The loss knocked the Hawks out of the tournament.Tony Claxton (www.claxtonphotography.com) Howard College's Caleb Kyle gets a hit during the Hawk's loss to Midland College in the second round of the Region V tournament on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The loss knocked the Hawks out of the tournament.
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Marissa Loftin
Sports Editor

The Howard College baseball team made their way to Lubbock, TX over the weekend to compete in the Region V tournament which was held at Texas Tech University. Unfortunately, the Hawks fell to McLennan College 10-2 on Friday, and were then eliminated from the tournament after their suspenseful 10-9 loss to Midland College on Saturday.

“Friday’s game was a good game through four innings but we kind of got off track, made a couple of costly mistakes and gave away too many free bases,” said head baseball coach Rob Martinez. “I think our immaturity as a team showed. We had the youngest team by far at the tournament. A lot of our guys let their nerves get the best of them as all but two have not experienced this kind of tournament before, a bigger stage on a university field and a decent size crowd. I think if got to them a little bit.”

“They did get the best of us in the second game, and despite the late errors that really cost us, I am okay with how they played,” said Martinez. “ Although the guys were battling nerves, they managed to hold their own and I think this was a good experience for this group of young guys moving forward into next year.”

Now that the season has come to a close for the Hawks, they are now focusing on recruiting and building up their team for next season.
“I really am looking forward to next year. We have a good base of guys coming back with a lot of new talent so we should be in for another great season,” said Martinez. “We are already in a better situation this year than we were this time last year. We still have some recruiting work to do, but its in good shape.”

For more information on this story, please see Wednesday's paper.

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