Santa Fe Saints vs Hillsborough Hawks on Wednesday, February 15th

Santa Fe falls to Hillsborough in first loss of the season

By Regan Roberts and Izzy McGarvey

The undefeated Santa Fe Saints looked to improve their record in a home game on Wednesday against the Hillsborough Hawks. The Saints and Hawks previously met on February 6th with the Saints coming away with a 7-5 win on a walk-off homerun in the eleventh inning. The result was not the same this time as Hillsborough handed Santa Fe their first loss of the season. The final score was 10-4, Hillsborough Hawks.

Saints’ Slow Day

The Santa Fe Saints have one of the most dominant offenses in the NJCAA in the year so far, leading the NJCAA in hits and doubles and are second for RBIs and runs. But, on Wednesday, they struggled to find their offensive momentum. In the third inning, the Saints found themselves with the bases loaded, and a sac fly from Zeth Rodriguez allowed them to score. They then went on to score two more runs from an RBI single from Josh Hogue in the sixth inning to tie the game 3-3. 

But from there, it was all Hawks. Hillsborough added two runs to the scoreboard in the seventh from an RBI single from Jayson Yaccarino and an RBI groundout by Trey Santana. The Hawks did not let up in the eighth inning when Jacob Griffith hit a double to score two runs, then Christian Cabina followed up with a two-run homerun to bring the score to 9-3. The Hawks added their final blow with an RBI single from Jackson Hugus, leaving the Saints down seven runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Last Push Effort 

The FCSAA player of the week, Jahlani Rogers, attempted to get the Saints’ offense rolling in the ninth with a single down the third base line. Zeth Rodriguez followed up with a double, and Jacob Guthrie hit a single that allowed Rogers to score. Ultimately, the Saints offense wasn’t able to get on the board again, resulting in a 10-4 final. Rogers went 4-4 with one RBI, a single, two doubles and a triple on the day to continue his recent dominant offensive showcase.

Looking Forward 

The Saints’ record sits at 14-1 as they look to rebound from their loss on Thursday against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at home. They then travel to play South Georgia in a doubleheader on Saturday. 

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