Gold Hawks Quiet Rampage, Make Opening Statement in Series
Written by Steve DeDoes for Toledo Hawks Baseball   
Friday, 05 August 2011 17:35

Toledo Team Defeats League Rival Genoa In First Game

August 4, 2011 - Matched up against the Genoa Rampage in Pool "A" of the 2011 NABF World Series, the Toledo Hawks "Gold" dispatched their Tri-State rival by a 12-3 score in their first game.  The Hawks made things "right" with the hot stick of rightfielder Blake Schmenk, who smacked four hits in jump-starting the offense, and cruised to victory behind the workmanlike pitching of right-hander Brett Kuebler, who worked six innings while allowing the three Genoa runs.

Playing as the visiting team on this Thursday morning at Ned Skeldon Stadium, the Gold Hawks spoke loudly against the Rampage with two runs in the first.  Corey Lehman (Siena Heights/Toledo) led off with a walk, and Schmenk (Owens CC/Perrysburg) announced his presence with his first single.  Both runners came in to score: Lehman touched home after a balk, and Schmenk plated on a one-out RBI grounder by catcher Eric Croak (Toledo/Toledo).

The Rampage held a little uprising against Kuebler (Siena Heights/Toledo) in their half of the second, tying the score at 2-2 with four singles of the seven overall allowed by the Hawk starting hurler.  In the top of the third, however, the Hawks made some noise of their own - tallying four runs.  Schmenk doubled to start the inning, and after walks to Drew Kuns (Bowling Green/Oregon) and Brett Howard (Siena Heights/Toledo) loaded the bases, the Hawks cashed in.  Croak had a sacrifice fly; after two were out, RBI singles by Ryan Williams (Tiffin/Maumee) and R.J. Rios (Adrian/Toledo) helped to break the game open.

Rios added a triple later in the contest, as did Schmenk; Kuns, Eric Yunker (Ohio Northern/Holland) and Mike Lollo (Siena Heights/Allen Park, MI) also added singles in the 10-hit Hawk attack.  The Hawks scored twice in both the fifth and sixth innings, then added single runs in the eighth and ninth to win going away.

Kuebler allowed two walks in addition to the seven hits given up, and was touched for a single run in the 6th; he struck out three Genoa batters in his stint.   Kuebler then gave way to Ricky Volante (Lake Erie/Tappahannock, VA), who pitched the seventh and eighth innings; Volante recorded a strikeout and allowed only a single walk.  The ninth-inning hurling honors went to Tyler Gibson (Bluffton/Sylvania), who pitched a 1-2-3 inning in a non-save situation; Gibson struck out one of the hitters he faced.

The Hawks go right back at it tomorrow (Friday) with two games at Bowman Park in Toledo to complete pool play, and hopefully advance into the Saturday tournament action.
 
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