By Steve Peterson
Hinton used a four-run fourth inning to down Akron-Westfield, 5-0 in a battle of War Eagle Conference baseball title contenders June 10 in Hinton.
The Blackhawks led 1-0 when they had their big inning to improve their record to 9-2.
A-W slipped to an 8-4 record.
Hinton’s sophomore Logan Jurgensmeier, who no-hit West Sioux earlier, stopped the Westerners on five hits. A-W had its chances but could not rally. He walked one and struck out three.
Hinton, ranked ninth in Class 1A, won on five hits — one from five different players. The Blackhawks were a fast team with seven stolen bases and added four walks. Cole Oltmanns of A-W took the pitching loss.
A-W’s best chance to score a run came in its fourth inning as Gregg Taylor and Caleb Colt singled but did not advance. Taylor had two hits in the contest.
Hinton was 8-1 WEC games, A-W was 6-1.
Taylor was 2-for-3 as was Caleb Colt. Devon Myers was 1-for-2. Oltmanns had one walk. All told, A-W had five hits.
Oltmanns started on the mound and took the loss. He gave up three hits, all five runs, and two walks.
Jacob Neubrand pitched for three innings and gave up one hit, walked two and struck out five.