Woodward-Granger’s baseball team had their hopes of a state appearance crushed last week by the Centerville Big Reds (23-10) after a 2-1 defeat at the 2017 IHSAA Class 2A Substate 6 baseball tournament.
At Norwalk on Tuesday, July 18 The Hawks (29-6) weren’t able to hold onto their early one run first inning lead after the Reds tied the game in the fourth.
Cole Theisen, Hawks starting pitcher, only gave up six hits through six plus innings where he fanned two, walked zero but the Reds’ second run in the seventh ultimately proved to be the difference.
Collectively at the plate, the Hawks managed just three hits on 25 at bats. Center fielder Matt Rhodes recorded the squad’s lone RBI.
Catcher Brady Aunspach, right fielder Joe Rhodes, and left fielder Bryce Achenbach made up the Hawks’ three hits with Aunspach scoring the single run.
Throughout this season W-G’s head coach Eric Evans reiterated how the team was approaching each series one game at a time.
His team must’ve heeded his philosophy as the club began their 2016-2017 campaign on an impressive 25 game winning streak, and suffered only a single West Central Activities Conference loss.
Their superb play culminated in a share of the WCAC title with the Van Meter Bulldogs, a first round postseason bye and a chance to play at state.
In 35 games this season the Hawks’ offense delivered 330 hits, scored 299 runs, drove in 259 RBIs, belted five home runs, 53 doubles, and 16 triples. They drew 147 walks, stole 166 bases, and finished with a .360 batting average.
Individually, Hanson led all hitters with a .449 batting average with two home runs. Aunspach was first on the team in hits with 47, and Matt Rhodes lead everyone in RBIs with 49.
On the mound, Hanson led all pitchers with 11 starts that culminated in a 10-1 record with a 1.06 ERA, and a team high 70 strikeouts.
Last week’s game was the final one for four Hawks. Aunspach, Hanson, Matt, and Marcus McConahay bid farewell to their Hawks’ career.