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Hawks’ baseball loses to ARC after breaking 11-game losing streak, battles multiple injuries

Zachary Styant-Browne
Sophomore pitcher Nolan Craddock prepares for a pitch against the Folsom Lake College Falcons on March 21 at Cosumnes River College. The Hawks see a losing streak high of 11 games during their season and their record sits at 13-19 after losing to the American River College Beavers in game two of their three-game series on April 3.

The Hawks baseball team broke an 11-game losing streak after defeating the American River College Beavers in the first of a three-game series on Tuesday 16-11, but lost the second game of the series 14-8.

The team’s last victory came on March 5 at Sacramento City College against the Panthers during the first of a three-game series, winning 3-0. The Hawks lost the second game of the series 8-2 at home on March 7 and didn’t see the win column until April 2.

“When you get knocked down, you got to get back up,” Head Coach Don Mico said. “You can’t worry about what happened now, you got to just keep moving forward.”

Mico said the team has been battling injuries since the beginning of the season. The Hawks lost three of their six pitchers in their first league game against Modesto in January, where they took the victory 9-8.

“It’s been tough luck and we’ve had bad breaks,” Mico said. “Our group hasn’t been healthy, we’ve been hurt since the beginning of league.”

Mico said the “biggest hole” was losing sophomore pitcher Cameron Orr, who was a big part of their lineup in both pitching and hitting. Orr has a strained oblique, which prevented him from playing for a lot of the season.

In the Hawks first game against the Folsom Lake College Falcons on March 19, they maintained a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning until Folsom hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game, followed by a home run and three RBIs, according to the Hawks website.

Mico said he was ejected in the fifth inning of game two against Folsom due to a disagreement with the umpire about a Hawks player being hit by a pitch and having it ruled as batter’s interference.

“The kid ends up hitting a home run and we go up 1-0. Then we get to the ninth and we lose it. So, that was that,” Mico said.

Sophomore utility player Kevin Soohoo said he thought the team needed to focus on finishing games the rest of the season.

“We just got to be more competitive in competitive situations and we got to get all 27 outs,” Soohoo said. “You can get the lead, but if you don’t get all the outs you’re not going to win.”

Freshman infielder Dhillon Abeid said the team started off with a lot of momentum, but lost it throughout the season.

“I think we kind of just need to do some things that we hate right now to kind of harden our minds a little bit and go through adversity,” Abeid said. “Other than that, I think we’ll get there.”

The Hawks are 13-19 in the season and have eight games remaining with their next home game on Friday against ARC to close out their three-game series.

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Zachary Styant-Browne
Zachary Styant-Browne, Staff Writer
Zachary Styant-Browne is a Staff Writer for The Connection. He is 21-years-old and is majoring in journalism. He joined The Connection because he wanted to learn more about what the journalism process was like and improve his writing and interviewing abilities. After the newspaper, Zach would like to work in Radio production as a producer or writer. In his free time, he likes to hangout with his dog and see new things in the city.

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