As the local baseball season kicked off this past week, state runner-up Appoquinimink and St. Georges Tech braved whipping winds for a rematch of last season’s second-round shocker that the Jags pulled off on their way to a Cinderella run to the state championship game.
However with towering pitcher Nick Hainsworth firmly in control over the final six innings, the Hawks made sure there were no miracle victories, only a 4-2 St. Georges win to start their season off on the right foot.
“It feels really good to beat them,” said Hainsworth, who went the full seven innings, striking out five batters. “We can forget about last year’s game and move on.”
“Credit goes to St. Georges and their pitcher, Mr. Hainsworth,” Jaguars coach Charles Word said. “He really kept us off balance today.”
The Jaguars (1-1 after a 19-8 victory over Red Lion started their season March 23) scored two runs in the top of the first but couldn’t push anything else across.
The Hawks eventually took the lead in the bottom of the fourth and held on for their first win of the season.
“It was good to see Nick as a senior battle back for us,” St. Georges coach Jeff Rodgers said. “His fastball was working, as was his curveball. He did a great job.”
Rodgers says it was a great way for his team to start the season against a program he respects.
“We’ve got nothing but respect for Coach Word and his team,” he said. “We’re two local schools who in our brief history, have had success and a nice rivalry.
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