The Woodward-Granger Hawks’ baseball team (27-5) stumbled a little as of late finishing 1-2 in their final three games of the regular season.
After posting 25 straight victories and a share of the WCAC (West Central Activities Conference) title, the Hawks posted just two victories in their last seven.
Eric Evans, Hawks’ head coach, never wants to trade wins for losses but wasn’t worried about the team’s recent skid.
“Since we won our conference we were getting guys healthy and ramping up for the second season,” he said.
In their regular season finale match on July 7, the Hawks were edged out 7-5 by the host the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets (16-15).
The Hawks started off the game like most this season with three runs in the second with senior pitcher Matt Rhodes allowing the Rockets just two runs (1 earned) on two hits through four innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Hawks 3-1 lead dwindled to just a run when the host scored another unearned run off relief pitcher Reese Jamison.
Jamison allowed another five runs - all unearned - in the bottom of the sixth that proved to be the difference for the Rockets.
Brady Aunspach, Hawks’ catcher, finished the contest 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.
The Hawks lone win last week came on July 6, against host the Audubon Wheelers (13-10) in a 6-0 victory.
Cole Theisen, recorded the victory for the Hawks after pitching all seven innings where he gave up just five hits, walking two and striking out one.
Theisen also ensured his win as he led the team in RBIs with four. Rhodes led all hitters at the plate with a 2-for-3 day with two runs scored, and a stolen base.
It was a reverse outcome for the Hawks against the visiting Gilbert Tigers (23-8) who shutout the Hawks at Granger on July 5, 6-0.
Hawks’ Spencer Hanson took the loss after tossing six innings, giving up two runs, four walks and four strikeouts.