Hawks split with NMJC, will enter regional tournament as no. 4 seed

Howard College's Caleb Kyle hits a home run during the second game of a double header played with Odessa College on Friday, April 21, 2017.Howard College shortstop Trey Ochoa throws to first to complete a double play during the second game of a double header played with Odessa College on Friday, April 21, 2017.Howard College first baseman Mason Peterson tags a runner out during the second game of a double header played with Odessa College on Friday, April 21, 2017.
By: 
Marissa Loftin
Sports Editor

The Howard College baseball team hosted the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds over the weekend for the last four-game conference series of the regular season where both teams split; NMJC with two wins on Friday (4-3, 10-4), and Howard College with two wins on Saturday (7-4, 9-8). The split with NMJC put the Hawks as the no. 4 seed going into the upcoming regional tournament.

“Friday just wasn’t our day. We really just played bad all the way around,” said head baseball coach Rob Martinez. “It really started in game one. We were out of control the entire game, and made a couple of costly mistakes that let them take the lead.”

“We really turned it around on Saturday and played great in both games. Although we were able to hit a lot of balls, they didn’t always fall for us where we wanted them to,” said Martinez. “Fortunately for us, we stayed locked in we found a way to get it done.The guys really responded well to the challenge after Friday’s losses and showed up ready to go.”

Coming up, the Hawks will make their way to the regional tournament which will take place at Texas Tech University with their first game to begin on Friday, May 15 at 8:00 PM vs. McLennan.

For more information for these games, please see Tuesday's paper.

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