Not since the 2009-2010 baseball season has a Woodward-Granger Hawks’ team started the season on such an impressive streak.
On top of that the 2009-2010 team began their season with a loss before finishing their first 10 games with an 8-2 record.
This year’s squad has begun the season on a 10 game winning streak where their offense and defense has combined to outscore their opponents 88-23.
Currently the Hawks sit in first place in the West Central Activities Conference (WCAC) with a 4-0 record, a game ahead of West Central Valley Stuart. W-G’s 10-0 overall record places them sixth in the state.
A possible reason for the turnaround from Last season’s 15-12 team could be attributed to the veteran leadership and the other players willingness to put in the extra work on and off the field according to Eric Evans, Hawks’ head coach.
“I am proud to say that we have had 38 kids attending pitching and catching and lifting weights all off season,” he said. ”Excited to see the success that this will yield.”
The coach has seen his players’ hard work this offseason payoff. Statistically in the conference the team places in the top five for batting average - .350, hits - 41, RBIs- 31 and are close to last in strikeouts with only 23.
Defensively the team’s pitching has set the tone for the rest of the fielders. They lead the conference with a meager .52 ERA, and opposing hitters are averaging a .111 batting average. On the field the Hawks are playing at a 93.8 percent fielding clip with just of seven errors.
The recent hot start has given coach Evans some reasons to be excited as he feels his team is expected to compete for a top three finish in the WCAC.
This past week the team was on the field where they played five games in six days including a double header on June 3.
As it has become the norm, the Hawks took care of the visiting Iowa Christians on May 31, in a 9-1 matchup. The following day at Clarke, Osceola they defeated the Indians 6-3.
After a day off the Hawks hosted a doubleheader Varsity Tournament. In game one they hosted the Newton Cardinals and recorded their second shutout of the season in a 4-0 win.
Game two proved to be a tougher match against the Falcons of West Davenport. Playing as the road team the Hawks managed to escape with a close 8-7 victory.
On Monday the Hawks traveled to Ealham where they outscored the Cardinals by eight runs in an 11-3 victory.