With their 2 prior leagues games having been sandwiched around a strong run at the Elims, the Hawks looked to end the regular season on a 3 game winning streak Tuesday as they welcomed the Pickering Red Sox to town. Ryan Aida drew the start and worked 5 strong innings allowing just 1 earned run on 3 hits. Ryan Fedrigo, Mark West and Alex Bruce all combined to slow the Sox bats over the final 4 innings and waited for the Hawks offence to get going. Troy McLaughlin lead the onslaught going 5 for 5 and scoring 3 runs. Paul Rupnik capped an exceptional rookie season going 3 for 4 with 2 stolen bases, an RBI and 4 runs scored. Make the final 11-4 Hawks as they wrap up the regular season in 3rd.
The Hawks will play Martingrove in a best 2 of 3 series starting Friday at the Fairgrounds. The series winner will advance to the Final 4 tournament on the weekend of August 24th at Concord Regional.
-As usual Chris DeZorzi finishes the season strong. He enters League Playoff play on an 8 for 18 run by way of a 6 game hitting streak. He's also struck out just once in his last 25 at bats
-With the 5 innings and 1 earned run, Ryan Aida captured the GTBL ERA title, capping off a very strong season