Valley Press Staff Writer
LANCASTER — The encore didn’t disappoint.
A night after plating a season-high 26 runs, the JetHawks reached double-digits again Friday evening as Mike Hauschild tossed 7 2/3 strong innings in an 11-2 win against High Desert.
“Obviously we’re not going to score 25 runs a night,” quipped third baseman Matt Duffy, who drove in three runs. “It’s just great to get the win.
“(Hauschild) did just an amazing job.”
Added Delino DeShields: “We pretty much did the same thing (as Thursday) … we were aggressive in the zone.”
After racking up 21 hits, walking 11 times and getting hit by five pitches Thursday night, the Lancaster offense rolled again as the JetHawks improved to 65-47.
By reaching double-digits, the Lancaster offense has scored 10 or more runs in five straight games.
DeShields, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, went 2-for-3 while also swiping three bases and scoring twice.
“I’m feeling good and relaxed,” said DeShields, who is a scorching 21-for-43 during the streak. “It’s the last month of the season and the toughest month of the season … I’m just going out every day and working hard.”
Duffy started the scoring in the first with his third homer in as many games, a two-run shot for his team-leading 19th long ball of the year.
After getting hit in the head with a pitch Wednesday, Duffy sat out Thursday’s rout as a safety measure.
“My head was ringing that day so it was a precaution,” Duffy said. “But (the homer streak) is pretty unexplainable … I just got a good pitch to hit.”
After Joe Sclafani doubled home Brandon Meredith in the second, Lancaster tacked on two more runs in the frame thanks to DeShields’ speed.
With Nolan Fontana inducing a throw to second on a steal attempt, DeShields broke home from third and tapped the plate without sliding to put the JetHawks up by four. Fontana later scored on a Duffy RBI single.
“I was going to slide … but I was just uncomfortable doing it when I was running,” DeShields said. “I was too fast to change my mind mid-stride.
“I just stuck my foot in there and they missed me.”
DeShields was in the middle of the action again in the fourth.
After the second baseman swiped second base, the ball skipped away from High Desert’s Brock Hebert as Sclafani trotted home from third. DeShields later scored on a sac fly from M.P. Cokinos for a seven-run lead.
DeShields, who fouled a ball off his foot and was also hit by a pitch, was replaced in the eighth.
The offense was more than enough for Hauschild, who notched his first win while becoming the first Lancaster starter to throw into the eighth inning this season.
After struggling in his first start in mid-July, the righty has been sharp of late.
“I’ve fixed a couple thing mechanically and have been throwing the ball well,” said Hauschild who gave up two runs on four hits while striking out five. “I just like going out there and competing and going deep in games like tonight.”
Added JetHawks manager Rodney Linares: “Hauschild stepped up and that was good to see. We needed it.”
The teams resume their series today at 7 p.m. at The Hangar.
The JetHawks called up left-handed starter Colton Cain on Friday from Low-A Quad Cities. Cain went 5-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 starts for the River Bandits this season. Lefty Kyle Hallock was promoted to Double-AA Corpus Christi.