To call it a good performance would be an understatement. Behind the arm of Hawks’ Spencer Hanson, Woodward-Granger’s baseball team inched a step closer to a state berth.
Last night at Granger, the Hawks (1-0) dominated their opponents, the Cardinals (1-1) of Central Decatur, Leon with a one hit 10-0 victory.
The lopsided performance from the Hawks has them heading to a Class 2A District 12 championship match versus WCAC (West Central Activities Conference) rivals the Des Moines Christian Lions (1-0).
Hanson, who was the Hawks starting pitcher, tossed a gem where he allowed just one hit in a six inning affair. He struck out two and walked one. He also helped his cause with a two RBI night.
The Hawks wasted no time setting the tone early when they opened up the first with two runs. Marcus McConahay, Hawks’ second baseman, led all hitters with three hits.
After a scoreless second, the Hawks increased their lead by two in the third and then added two runs in each of the final three innings for the eventual win.
Bryce Achenbach, Hawks’ center fielder, finished with a game high three RBIs on a 1-for-3 performance at the plate, which included a double.
As a team the Hawks compiled 11 hits on 28 at bats, with two doubles, nine RBIs, three stolen bases and they drew four walks.
The championship match is set for 7 p.m. on July 15, at Granger. It is still too early to tell which Hawks pitcher will get the start.
Earlier this season both Hanson and fellow pitcher Matt Rhodes saw success against the Lions.
Hanson, who finished with nine wins this season, shutout the Lions on June 12 in a 10-0 road victory. He gave up just five hits and struck out four.
Rhodes went 3-0 this season with one of those victories coming at home against the Lions on June 20. In his seven innings he gave up two earned runs on three hits, walked three and struck out five.
Other possible starters could be Cole Theisen ( 6-1), or Brandon Worley (5-1). Theisen finished second in innings pitched this year with 41 and one-thirds while Worley was third with 29 and two-thirds.