GRANGER — After four consecutive close games, the Woodward-Granger baseball team doubtless enjoyed a blowout, especially as they were the ones scoring all the runs.
Guthrie Center proved easy prey for W-G (4-7, 4-4) as the Hawks rolled to a 15-0 win in four innings of WCC play Tuesday. W-G was coming off, in order, a two-run loss, a one-run win and consecutive one-run losses that could easily have the young squad 7-1 in conference play with a simple break or two going their way.
The Hawks would need little luck to aid their cause Tuesday as the team erupted for 13 hits. Alex Bodermann had two singles, a double and scored three times, with Chris McConahay scoring three runs after producing two hits. Andrew McCune, Dylan Garland and Ben Krehbiel also had two hits apiece, with Garland hitting a double and scoring twice while Krehbiel and Jake Smiley both also scored twice.
McCune finished with four RBIs, Krehbiel with three and Bodermann and McConahay two each to spark the attack, with Smiley and McConahay both swiping four bases each.
The plethora of offense was more than enough for Tyler Wiedner, who scattered four hits and two walks over four innings of work on the hill. The senior finished with four strikeouts.
DM CHRISTIAN 3, W-G 2 (8)
URBANDALE — It is a truism of baseball that one pitch can make all the difference between victory and defeat. W-G senior starter McConahay found out the hard way Monday that such can be the case, as a dropped third strike and a two-run home run on the next pitch helped Des Moines Christian steal a 3-2 win in WCC action Monday.
DMC had a 1-0 lead entering the top of the sixth when Krehbiel reached on a throwing error while bunting. He eventually scored on a Smiley single to tie the game.
The same duo came through for W-G in the top of the eighth when Krehbiel reached on a bunt single, moved to third on consecutive passed balls and then raced home on a Smiley sacrifice fly out to right field for a 2-1 Hawk lead.
McConahay got two quick outs to start the bottom of the eighth and struck out Luke Neumayer for what would have been the third out, but strike three eluded Hawk catcher Mike Connor, allowing Neumayer to reach. Alex Toulouse then deposited the next pitch of the game over the fence in left field for win the contest for the Lions.
Toulouse was the winner on the hill, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out six.
McConahay (1-4) surrendered three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while recording eight strikeouts. He has been snake-bitten all season, having yielded just four earned runs in a combined 34-3/4 innings for an ERA of 0.81 while holding the opposition to just a .151 batting average. He has walked seven batters and hit six with pitches but has 34 strikeouts. Of his four losses on the mound, two have been by one run and one by two runs.
VAN METER 3, W-G 2
VAN METER — A pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Van Meter past Woodward-Granger, 3-2, in WCC baseball last Friday.
Both teams had scored single tallies in the first inning, with the visiting Hawks grabbing a 2-1 lead with a run in the top of the fourth. The Bulldogs then pulled out the win with two scores in the fifth frame.
Smiley and Wiedner both had two hits for W-G, while Garland, McCune, Connor and Race Brant also had hits for the Hawks, with Garland’s hit going for two bases. Connor and Wiedner each drove in a run for the Hawks, with Garland and McConahay scoring the W-G runs.
Garland started and went four innings on the hill, yielding three runs (two earned) while walking five and striking out three. Wiedner tossed two innings of scoreless two-hit relief that included three strikeouts.
Cody Blackwell earned the win for the Bulldogs. He allowed eight hits and walked two batters while striking out five, with both W-G runs unearned.
Thursday, June 6
WOODWARD-GRANGER 2, OGDEN 1
GRANGER — McConahay struck out six and allowed just one unearned run on four hits as W-G slipped past Ogden, 2-1, June 6.
The Hawks scored once in the first inning and once more in the fourth, with Ogden plating their lone run in the top of the sixth.
Brant, McCune, Smiley and Bodermann all had singles for W-G, with Smiley and Bodermann recording RBIs while McCune and Wiedner scored the two Hawk runs.
Cayce Good was the tough-luck loser for Ogden. He yielded two runs (one unearned) on four hits and five walks while recording seven strikeouts.
Treston Hagen drove in Preston Church for the only run of the game for the visitors.