Hauser had trouble finding an offensive rhythm for the first two innings of Monday night’s Mid-Hoosier Conference game against North Decatur.
But then things changed.
The Jets put together a six-hit, seven-run third that led the way to an 11-1 victory.
“We were putting the ball in play at the start, but the balls we hit were going right to them,” Hauser coach Jerry Schoen said.
Besides the terrific offensive showing, the Jets (9-10, 5-3 Mid-Hoosier) got a great pitching effort from Jared Schoen that kept the Chargers off balance.
Jared Schoen stuck out eight batters while allowing only one hit, one walk and one run in five innings of work. That run was unearned because of a Jets throwing error.
“I hit my spots tonight,” Jared Schoen said. “I was up in the pitch count early and threw a lot of pitches overall, but I did a good job of focusing in and hitting those spots to get batters out.”
“Jared did OK tonight,” Jerry Schoen said. “The biggest thing was that he was not getting ahead of the hitters earlier in the game, and it drove up his (total) pitch count. That’s why I took him out after the fifth inning. I wanted to do what is best for him and the team.”
Hauser’s big third inning almost didn’t get started. Nick Lortz singled but was caught stealing.
But the Jets kept rolling with three consecutive singles. Will Rose produced the first run of the game by driving in Rory Thayer. After Rose’s hit, Jared Compton walked to load the bases. Hauser scored another two runs off a North Decatur error.
Then the hits kept coming. Eric McMullen delivered a single to put runners on first and third. Dalton McKinney was then hit by the pitch to load the bases again. Isaiah Martin hit an infield RBI single to score Compton. With the bases still loaded, Lortz stepped up and hit one to left field, but a miscommunication allowed the ball to fall and three more runs scored.
“We just kept putting the ball in play and putting more and more pressure on them,” Compton said. “They made some mistakes, and from there good things happened.”
“We did a great job hitting the ball tonight,” Jerry Schoen said. “We kept pressure on our opponent and forced them into mistakes.”
Hauser would seal the deal in the sixth inning when it put up four more runs.
Before the game, Hauser players, coaches and fans honored their two senior starters with a ceremony.
“Both Nick (Lortz) and Jared (Compton) have been with this team for four years,” Jerry Schoen said. “They are both very dependable and coachable. They have done great things for this program on and off the field. It has been a pleasure coaching both of these guys.”