After cruising to 25 straight victories and winning a share of the WCAC (West Central Athletics Conference) title, Woodward-Granger’s baseball team seems to have hit some minor bumps.
With 26 wins and, at the time, just two losses, one would think that the Hawks (26-3) wouldn’t have any issues with the now 4-18 Collins-Maxwell/Baxter Raiders.
However, nothing could be further from the truth last Friday June 30, when the host Raiders earned the upset win in a 7-5 affair.
The game started off pretty much as usual for the Hawks who jumped on the home team with three runs in the second to take the early 3-1 lead.
For two straight innings Matt Buch, Hawks starting pitcher, was moving along easy until the bottom of third when the Raiders plundered Buch’s pitching for five runs. The following inning the host added another run and a 7-3 lead.
The Hawks managed to cut the Raiders lead to 7-5 after being able to score twice in the top of the sixth inning. It would be the last time the Hawks would bring anyone home.
In his first loss of the season, Buch pitched three innings where he gave up seven earned runs on five at bats, with two walks, and a strikeout.
Offensively Hawks’ Brady Aunspach led the squad at the plate with a 3-for-4 night. He drove in two runs and had a double.