Tyler Womer shut down the Spring Mills’ bats Sunday afternoon in Howard’s 5-0 first-round playoff win.
Womer gave up four hits and a walk while striking out four in the complete-game effort.
Kyle Womer helped the offensive cause with a solo home run in the second inning and an RBI single in the third, with Dan Cole adding a two-run single in a three-run third.
Travis Price had three hits and Scott Zuback added two singles as the Hawks collected 11 hits in the opener of the best-of-three series. The teams tangle in Spring Mills on Tuesday.