Notes on Hawkins’ two-homer night
The Dash cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Frederick Keys Wednesday night at Harry Grove Stadium, but the story was White Sox top prospect Courtney Hawkins. Hawkins crushed a two-run blast in both the first and third innings to propel the Dash to their second win in a row. Here are a few notes on Hawkins’ big night:
- Hawkins became the 21st player in Dash history to record a multi-home run game. The last two-homer game for a Dash swinger also came in Frederick when fellow outfield prospect Keenyn Walker hit two against Kevin Gausman, one of the Orioles’ top farmhands, on August 18, 2012.
- There have now been 29 multi-homer games in Dash history, which dates back to the 2009 season.
- No Dash player has ever hit three homers in a single game. The last Winston-Salem hitter to accomplish that feat was John Shelby III. He blasted three long balls against Wilmington on May 3, 2008, which was the final season of the Warthogs era.
- Before Wednesday night, Hawkins was 1-for-10 with six strikeouts. Hawkins whiffed three times in each of the first two games of the season after only posting one three-whiff effort last year in his first professional season.
- This is Hawkins’ first multi-homer effort of his professional career. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native now has 10 long balls in 63 minor league games (12 homers in 70 games if you count the playoffs).
- Entering play today, Winston-Salem was tied for last in the CL with two homers.
In other words, Hawkins is pretty good at baseball. That is all.