GARY | Neither rain, nor cold, nor a long delay could stop Hammond Academy.
The Hawks topped Westville 5-3 in a late-night affair Friday as part of the RailCats High School Challenge at U.S. Steel Yard.
"Our kids are just ready for the game and are going to be if there's a delay or not," Hammond Academy coach Eric Arcella said before the game. "The kids really love to play (at U.S. Steel Yard) and get the whole professional experience, the adrenaline's going."
The first game of the night between T.F. North and T.F. South was delayed 90 minutes because of weather.
"You just try to stay warm," Westville coach Randy Weisner said as his team watched Game 1. "At least we're being entertained by baseball, we're not just standing there in the rain not doing anything."
Hammond Academy (2-3) loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning. Brandon Swart grounded into a double play, and Devin Hatfield scored from third. Pitcher Cody Glass then padded his own cushion with an RBI single that brought in Jakob Rzepka.
Westville (0-6) got one back when Chase Kourtis scored on passed ball in the bottom half of the first.
Glass, who threw all seven innings for Hammond Academy, settled in after that. The junior southpaw threw seven innings, striking out eight while allowing three runs.
The Hawks padded their lead with a three-run fifth, highlighted by Glass' run-scoring single.
Austin Hisick, who has dealt with elbow soreness this season, started for the Blackhawks after coming out of the bullpen his last few outings. He threw four innings and took the loss.
"We tried to take some pressure off him, work out a little mechanical issue," Weisner said.