by Terry Bos
The Soo Night Hawks travelled to Michigan City Indiana to compete in the Michigan City tournament that took place from Wednesday June 29th to Sunday July 3rd.
In the opener the Soo Night Hawks were the visitors in a game against the Niles Shockers from Niles Michigan. The Night Hawks jumped out to a quick 2 to 0 lead with a Tyler Sayers single filled by a run scoring double by Braedon Whalen, and then following a single by Dylan Sewell, Zach Duchesne cashed the second run with a sacrifice fly. That lead would hold until the bottom of the third when Niles Michigan struck for 6. The Night Hawks would try to fight back but fell short 7 to 4. Picking up hits in the defeat were Tyler Sayers and Dylan Sewell with 2 a piece, also picking up a hit was Braedon Whalen.
In game two the Night Hawks took on the Northern Illinois Tribe from Sandwich, Illinois, again the Night Hawks were the visitors. After quickly falling behind 4 to 0 in the first inning, the Night Hawks battled back to eventually tie the game at 4, only to end up on the losing end of a 6 to 4 ball game. Zach Duchesne went the complete game on the mound while striking out 4 batters. Offensively contributing hits were Tyler Sayers, Braedon Whalen, Joe Maclean, Cole Wright, and Brennan Mitchell.
In game three the Night Hawks played host to the Chesterton Slammers from Chesterton, Indiana. The Night Hawks once again got off to a slow start giving up a six spot in the top of the first. Once again the Night Hawks were once again able to battle their way back to eventually pull to within 7 to 6, only to get hit by a couple key injuries and eventually falling 18 to 6. Offensively the team was led by Brennan Mitchell and Joe Maclean with two hits a piece; also contributing hits were Dylan Sewell, Braedon Whalen, Noah Belec, and Noah O’Brien.
In the fourth game with their backs against the wall the Night Hawks played host to the Harris Hitmen from South Bend Indiana. In this game it was the Night Hawks that carried the sticks, after each team scored a pair of runs in the first inning, the Night Hawks would turn it on to eventually take home a 13 to 4 victory. Dylan Sewell threw a complete game for the Night Hawks while picking up 5 strike outs. Offensively the Night Hawks had a number of players score twice Brennan Mitchell, Tyler Sayers, Dylan Sewell, Brandon Boyer, and Joe Maclean. Driving in a pair of runs each were Cole Wright and Noah Pearce. Picking up hits in the victory were Brennan Mitchell, Tyler Sayers, Dylan Sewell, Zach Duchesne, Brandon Boyer, Cole Wright, and Noah Pearce.
In the quarter finals the Night Hawks as the 7th seed had a rematch with the Niles Shockers who had finished the round robin as the 2 seed. Unfortunately, the Night Hawks ran up against a hot pitcher, with Zach Duchesne doing the only damage with a solo home run in the second inning. Braedon Whalen threw a complete game for the Night Hawks, but with no offensive support came out on the losing end of an 11 to 1 ball game. The team competed hard throughout the tournament as they were once again the youngest team competing in the tournament, and were once again playing in front of scouts that were in attendance.
Following the Michigan City Indiana tournament the Night Hawks season record now stands at 13 and 13.