Monday roundup: Hawks sweep McMurry

ABILENE — The Howard College baseball team improved to 16-2 for the season by sweeping a doubleheader with McMurry University Monday afternoon.In Monday's first game, the Hawks broke open a tie game with three runs in the fifth inning, then held on for an 8-5 win. Dominic Moreno took the win in relief of Howard starter Ethan Carnes, and Nick Sawyer recorded the last four outs to earn the save.Offensively, Howard's 12-hit attack was paced by Dexter Kjerstad, who belted a home run, and Jordan Allen, who added a double.The Hawks were hyper-aggressive on the base paths, notching 10 steals, including five thefts by Brett Bell.In the nightcap, Howard posted another late-inning rally, then time scoring eight runs in the final two innings to earn an 11-3 victory.Austin Blunt, the third of four Howard pitchers, earned the win.The Hawks were again effective at the plate, rapping out 13 hits, including home runs by Colt Bickerstaff, Brendan McCurry and Levi Scott.“Coming off our conference opener, I'm sure we were ready to have a bit of a breather … but McMurry forced us to play well, which was good,” HC Coach Britt Smith said. “We did some good things offensively, though. It was good to see us pound out that many hits, instead of relying on the long ball like we did against Odessa (this past weekend).”The Hawks return to action Monday when they face Galveston College in Houston. Game time will be announced later.Steers racepast BrownfieldBROWNFIELD — The Big Spring Steers scored 11 runs in the first inning en route to an easy 14-2 run-rule victory over the Brownfield Cubs Monday evening.Karsten Knudson had a bases-loaded triple to key the first-inning explosion, and then came home when Gunnar Kennedy tripled, as well.“They just couldn't get us out,” BSHS Coach Burt Otto said of the Steers' first inning. “They misplayed some fly balls. They're a young team and they're experiencing some growing pains, but it's like I keep telling the guys — keep putting the ball into play and anything can happen.”Garrett Stuteville struck out five and walked three in three innings of work to pick up the win for Big Spring, which improved to 4-7 with the win.The Steers return to action Thursday when they host their annual baseball tournament at Steer Park. Cooper downsLady SteersOn an ugly night defensively for both teams, the Abilene Cooper Lady Cougars broke open a close game in the sixth inning to take a 10-5 win over Big Spring in non-district softball action Monday night.Combined, the teams committed 21 errors Monday, with the Lady Steers leading the way with 13 defensive miscues.Despite all the errors, the lady Steers trailed by only a single run heading into the final inning. However, Cooper plated four runs in the top of the seventh to earn the win.Logan Yarbar took the loss for Big Spring, which fell to 6-8 with the loss.The Lady Steers return to action Friday at the Snyder High School tournament. They will fact Baird, Lubbock Cooper and Seminole in first-day action.Forsan downsCoahoma, 17-4COAHOMA — The Forsan Buffaloes scored the game's first 13 runs, then cruised to a 17-4 victory over Coahoma in District 3-2A baseball action Monday night.Offensively, the Buffs rocked Coahoma for 13 hits. Bryson Phillips and Matthew Mims each had three RBI, while Foster Burchett collected three hits.The beneficiary of this offensive largesse was Forsan pitcher Payton Parker, who struck out three and walked one in three innings to earn the win with relief help from Burchett.Caleb McAdams took the loss for Coahoma.“It was just great to start district play with a win,” Forsan Coach Jason Phillips said. “Hopefully, it will help us get on a roll.”The Buffaloes return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when they host Lubbock Roosevelt. Coahoma travels to Denver City for a 7 p.m. game.Bulldogettes rallyto defeat ForsanCOAHOMA — The Coahoma Bulldogettes staged a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to take an 8-7 victory over the Forsan Lady Buffaloes in District 3-2A softball action Monday.Trailing 7-6 entering the bottom of the seventh, Coahoma began its comeback when Kyla Clanton hit a one-out single, then scored on a double by Jennifer Castilaw. Castilaw moved to third base on a passed ball, then, with two outs, scored the winning run on a wild pitch.The Bulldogettes remained perfect in district play with a 2-0 league mark, while Forsan dropped to 1-1 with the loss.Clanton was the winning pitcher, while Ashley Buzbee was tagged with the loss for Forsan.“We started slow, but rebounded,” CHS Coach Rob Glasscock said. “We got a lead, but committed three errors in the sixth which allowed them to take the lead. It could have gone either way, but, thankfully, it went our way in the end.”Forsan travels to Lamesa for a 6:30 p.m. game Friday. The Bulldogettes are off until Tuesday, when they host Slaton in a 6:30 p.m. game.