CEDAR RAPIDS - Joe Hawks helped the 11th-ranked Iowa Central baseball team snap a three-game losing skid on Saturday.
Hawks threw a five-inning four-hitter as the Tritons beat Kirkwood 12-0 in the opener of a doubheader. The Tritons (25-13 overall) lost the nightcap 12-4.
"Joe had a solid performance,'' said Iowa Central head coach Rick Pederson. "He had a good breaking ball and was in complete control."
In the first contest Iowa Central had nine hits, including two home runs from Damian Rutherford. Rutherford was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI.
Michael Kinning drove in two runs.
In the nightcap, The Tritons only managed four hits.
IOWA CENTRAL 12, KIRKWOOD 0
Iowa Central 201 720 - 12 9 1
Kirkwood 000 000 - 0 4 6
Joe Hawks (W); David Sweeting (L), Alexis Bauzo. HR-ICCC: Damian Rutherford (2).
KIRKWOOD 12, IOWA CENTRAL 4
Iowa Central 100 030 0 - 4 4 1
Kirkwood 025 500 x - 12 15 0
Abrahan Flete (L), Bailey Scott, Weston Glienke, Tom Jerle. Jeffrey Castillo (W), Randy Perez. 2B-ICCC: Jason Galeano; K: Nick Jones, Matt Paciello, Shane Kemp (2). HR-ICCC: Jason Galeano; K: Angel Merced.
Jason Galeano was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Galeano had a double and home run.
"We were just inconsistent on the mound in the second game," Pederson said. "We can be really good at times with our pitching, and really average at times. We still need to get that shored up.''
Iowa Central is back in action on Tuesday at Marshalltown.