Hawks' 15 K's lead Raiders past Rangers

From Herald Staff Reports


The Forest Park baseball team had a tough task for their opening game of the 2019 season — figure out a way to handle Warren East (Ky.) pitcher Ryan Hawks.

Hawks, who routinely throws nearly 90 miles per hour on most of his pitches, has been recruited heavily by Division I colleges as well as MLB scouts. The defending Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky gave the Rangers trouble as he struck out 15 Forest Park batters en route to a 6-0 shutout win for the Raiders.

Warren East started the game hot as they scored four runs right away in the first inning and didn’t look back from there. They added one more in each of the fourth and fifth innings to solidify their victory.

Forest Park mustered just four hits in the loss with Gage Hasenour accounting for two of them, including a double. Elliott Rothgerber and Aaron Hurst were the other two Rangers with base hits.

Gavin Knust struck out seven batters but took the loss on the mound as he gave up two earned runs on two hits.

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