The Hiland Hawks baseball team, still smarting from a poor showing the night before in a win over TCC, would have no part of a replay Wednesday night in Malvern as they mercied the Hornets 13-0 in six innings.
After scoring one in the top of the first when Tyson Gingerich singled, stole second, moved to third on a balk and scampered home on a Bryan Yoder ground out, the Hawks went quietly in the second.
When Malvern loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning off of Hiland starting pitcher Damien Kandel, the bad memories were again creeping to the surface. But a slick 6-4-3 double play got the sophomore righty out of the inning and maintained the lead for Hiland.
After a scoreless second, Hiland blew it open in the third, dropping a five-spot on the Hornets with hits by Braden Mast, Chris Kline, Gingerich, Yoder and Eric Mullet to make it 6-0.
The game deteriorated from there, and Hiland would roll to a lopsided victory, scoring three more in the fourth on a singles by Zach Coblentz, Yoder and Mitch Massaro, and a double by Kline.
Needing just a run to end it early, the Hawks piled on in the top of the sixth, plating four more on hits by Yoder, Kobe Miller, Andy Miller and Coblentz.
Kandel got the win for Hiland, going four innings and surrendering no runs on two hits, striking out four and walking two. Cameron Miller tossed two hitless innings in relief, striking out three and walking one.
“We played with a little better approach to the game tonight,” admitted Hiland head coach Tom Gibson. “We’ll see going forward, we have some tough tests coming up in Garaway tomorrow and a very good measuring stick in Canton Central Catholic on Friday.”
With the win, Hiland improves to 20-2 on the season, and is 15-0 in Inter-Valley Conference play.