WOODWARD — A seven-run burst in the bottom of the fifth inning helped Woodward-Granger pull away from West Central Valley for a 12-2 six-inning win in their Class 2A Region 7 First Round game Tuesday.
W-G (19-16) led by a 3-2 margin after WCV plated a run in the top of the fifth, then erupted to all but end the suspense, with two runs in the bottom of the sixth ending the game early.
Dalaney Bice smashed her Class 2A leading 17th home run in the win, raising her RBI total to 65 in the process, a number which leads 2A and is tied for the fifth best among all classes. She is tied for second overall in home runs and leads 2A by six dingers, with her 1.098 slugging percentage (minimum of 42 at-bats) leading 2A.
Julia Evans hit a single and her 10th and 11th doubles while driving in three runs for the Hawks, with Bree Lesch adding three base hits. Miranda Aunspach hit a double and a triple while plating two runs, with Alison Soelberg adding two hits and two RBIs while Riley Jamison had two hits and Alyssa Jack and Meagan Bandstra one hit apiece.
Bice went five frames in the ring for the win. She yielded two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks while striking out four. Jordyn Achenbach provided an inning of relief, allowing one hit and striking out the side.
W-G 8, SE WEBSTER 6
WOODWARD — Bice cranked a three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh to lift W-G to an 8-6 win over Southeast Webster in the regular-season ending game for the Hawks Saturday.
The Eagles held a 6-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, when the Hawks plated four runs to close to 6-5, the big blow being a two-run home run from eighth-grader Miranda Aunspach, her first round-tripper of the season.
One-out singles from Jack and Evans put two aboard for Bice in the bottom of the seventh, with the powerful freshman ending the contest with a no-doubt-about-it blast that moved W-G to 18-16 on the season. The Hawks were 11-7 in WCC play; the game with the Eagles was a non-conference tilt.
Bice allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in collecting the win in the ring. She had one strikeout.
Lesch had three hits for the hosts, with Evans driving in two runs while Jack hit her fourth triple of the year.
1A No. 7 EARLHAM 8, W-G 0
WOODWARD — Abbey Murphy held W-G to just two singles as Class 1A seventh-ranked Earlham avenged a loss earlier this season with an 8-0 victory last Friday.
Murphy — who did not pitch in the 4-2 loss to W-G June 19 — recorded 13 strikeouts while walking three batters in earning the win.
She aided her own cause at the plate with three RBIs, with Kaylie Brindley tallying a triple and two RBIs and Morgan Johnson a RBI-double.
Achenbach went five innings in taking the loss. She yielded seven runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out two. Bice was touched for an earned run on four hits in two frames of relief, during which she had one strikeout.
Evans and Bice had base hits for the hosts, with Jack, Evans and Soelberg all drawing walks.
Tuesday, July 2
W-G 12, GUTHRIE CENTER 0 (4)
GUTHRIE CENTER — W-G scored five runs in the first inning, three in the second and four more in the fourth to post a 12-0 win over Guthrie Center in four frames of WCC play July 2.
Bice was the winner in the circle after striking out two and allowing one hit in four innings.
Jamison, Evans and Bice all had two hits for W-G, with Bice hitting a double and Jack a triple. Lesch, Bice and Bandstra finished with two RBIs apiece to help lead the Hawk attack, which was aided by eight walks issued by Tiger pitching.
Monday, July 1
DM CHRISTIAN 4, W-G 3
WOODWARD — W-G fell into a 4-0 hole after two innings and could not complete the comeback in falling to Des Moines Christian, 4-3, in WCC action July 1.
Annie Webb doubled home Evans and Bandstra doubled in Webb as the Hawks plated two run in the third inning to halve their deficit. Bice crunched a solo home run in the fifth to make it 4-3 in favor of the Lions, but the hosts could come no closer in suffering the loss.
Achenbach surrendered four runs on nine hits, with just one run earned, in taking the defeat. She finished with nine strikeouts.
Beth Zimmer tossed six frames for DMC to earn the win. She allowed nine hits that generated three runs while issuing four walks. Emma James walked one while striking out two in a scoreless seventh inning to pick up a save.
Maddie Wagner led the Lions at the plate by driving in three runs with a triple and a home run.