Purple Hawks unsaddle Cavalry

The Hamline Post 418 Purple Hawks garnered 10 runs on 11 hits and outscored the North St. Paul Post 39 Cavalry 10-0 in a baseball game that ended after five innings Monday, July 13 at CHS Field.

On the mound for the Purple Hawks was Charlie Haugen, who allowed the opposition just one hit. He issued one walk and struck out three as his mates played errorless ball behind him.

"He's a good pitcher," said Hamline head coach Matt Johnson. "We are fortunate in that we have eight or nine guys who can throw for us.

"We have to find spots for [Haugen] to get him some games to pitch. That is kind of a luxury for us this season.

"We have been playing good defense all year. These kids have a good 'feel' for the game. They do what we ask of them, and they learn well."

The Purple Hawks — with the win — pushed their season record to 19-2. In District IV American Legion play their two losses put them in a tie for the top of the league with the Tri-City Reds.

"We haven't scored a run in the two games we've played against this team," lamented Cavalry coach Rick Mercado. "But then, you don't win many ball games when you only get one hit.

"We've been playing some pretty good ball of late, but we just couldn't find a way tonight. We will learn from this game and press on from here."

The lone hit by the Cavalry came in the third inning off the bat of Ron Koran.

The Purple Hawks scored in the first, second, third and fourth innings, and the game ended after just five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7826.


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