HOPE — Hauser baseball will be in every ballgame as long as it has good pitching, according coach Nate Long, and Cameron Hartog gave the Jets just that against North Decatur on Friday.
The Chargers only had one hit off of Hartog all day, and Hauser cruised to an 11-0, five-inning Mid-Hoosier Conference victory.
Hartog also had two RBI’s, going 3 for 3 with a double.
“I felt really good,” Hartog said. “I’m very happy with the defense behind me, and I just knew if I put strikes over there, we’d be good.”
Brandon Holt started the game when he came home on a throw to second, and Hartog’s RBI-single gave the Jets (7-1, 4-0) an early two-run lead in the first inning. Holt pushed the lead to 3-0 after hitting an RBI-single of his own in the second.
“I thought we ran the bases well, and I thought we took the extra bases when they gave it to us,” Long said. “Cameron Hartog did a great job for us.”
Hauser went into the bottom of the fourth with a 5-0 lead, but the Jets more than doubled their score in that inning. Hartog pushed the lead to six with his RBI-double, and RBI-singles by Sean Miller and Trey Johnson opened the lead to 8-0.
Sam Meek put the game on track to ending early when he stepped to the plate and hit a two-run triple to give the Jet a 10-0 lead. Hauser’s last run came from Parker Eickbush’s RBI-double, and Hartog shut down North Decatur (2-6, 2-2) by pitching a hitless fifth to end the game.
Meek went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
“It felt good to get some RBIs to get some more runs on the board and eventually lead us to the win,” Meek said.
Miller went 2 for 3, and Holt went 2 for 4 for the Jets. Friday’s win extends Hauser’s winning streak to six going into today’s doubleheader at Lawrenceburg.
“I’m boosted for sure, especially going into (today),” Hartog said. “We have a doubleheader, and I’m feeling good. I think the whole team is feeling good right now.”