The Hawks soar to 15-1 win over Amity on Monday

by: DAN BROOD - BACK IN TIME -- Horizon Christian senior Kyle Esquerra (right) slides back to first base ahead of the throw during the Hawks' league win over Amity.TUALATIN — The Horizon Christian High School baseball team was looking to get off to a good start in West Valley League play.

Well, the Hawks certainly did that — and then some.

Horizon Christian, staying aggressive on offense and getting a strong pitching performance from freshman Chase Cosner, rolled to an 11-1 five-inning win over Amity in the Hawks’ WVL opener played Monday at Horizon Christian High School.

“We’re getting better as a team with every test,” Horizon Christian coach Alex Esquerra said.

With the win, Horizon Christian not only got off to a 1-0 start to league play, but the Hawks also upped their season record to 3-4. Amity fell to 1-1 in WVL games and to 3-6 on the season with the setback.

Cosner, in picking up the complete-game win on Monday, gave up one run on four hits while striking out four and walking two.

He would get all of the offensive help he needed in the bottom of the first inning.

Horizon junior leadoff hitter Trent Pihas drew a walk to open the frame. He stole second and then advanced to third on a groundout by junior Nate McGill.

One out later, junior Colton Cosner doubled down the left-field line, driving in Pihas for the first run of the game. But the Hawks weren’t done there.

Chase Cosner reached first base on an Amity fielding error with Colton Cosner awarded home plate on a fielder’s interference call, upping the lead to DAN BROOD - FRESHMAN HEAT -- Horizon Christian freshman Chase Cosner delivers a pitch during the Hawks' 14-1 win over Amity on Monday.

Chase Cosner then advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on an Amity throwing error on the play to push the Hawks’ early lead to 3-0.

Horizon added on another run in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Kyle Esquerra led off with a single to left field.

With two outs in the inning, Esquerra stole second base. He then scored on sophomore Weston Groth’s double to right-center field, upping the margin to 4-0.

The Warriors got a run in the top of the fourth inning, but the Hawks answered back — in a big way — in the bottom of the frame.

Horizon Christian, getting six hits and taking advantage of eight walks, scored 11 runs in the inning to go up 15-1. Sophomore Jacob Nelson started, and helped continue, the big inning.

For the game, the Hawks had 10 hits and drew 11 walks.

Kyle Esquerra went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double and four RBIs.

Pihas drew four walks and scored three runs. Colton Cosner went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

On the defensive side, Horizon senior catcher Camden Muller threw out an Amity runner on a stolen base attempt, marking the fourth time this season he’s done that. Nelson, playing at first base, snagged a hard-hit line drive in the top of the third and turned it into an inning-ending double play.

The Hawks picked up another league win on Tuesday when they posted a 36-0 win over Colton in a game played at Colton High School.

Horizon Christian will be back in action Friday when they host Sheridan in a WVL game starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Hawks will be home to face Cascade Christian in a non-league doubleheaders, with games set for 2 and 4 p.m.

On Monday, Horizon will travel to Santiam Christian for a 4:30 p.m. non-league game before playing at Gervais in a league game on Tuesday.

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