GRANGER — Woodward-Granger senior Chris McConahay suffered another tough-luck loss on the mound as Ballard claimed a 5-4 win in non-conference play Tuesday.
McConahay (5-6) has sparkled for the most part this season put has lost three one-run games and one game by two runs. None of those four losses was his fault, as he has yielded just nine earned runs in 73 innings for an ERA of 0.86 and has struck out 70 while walking just 15 and allowing the opposition to hit just .188.
Ballard had a 5-1 lead after scoring once in the top of the sixth, but the Hawks tried to rally for the senior hurler, scoring once in their half of the sixth but being able to plate just two runs in the seventh in falling short.
McConahay allowed five runs (one earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out three.
Andrew McCune had two hits for W-G (14-11), as did Tyler Wiedner, with Jake Smiley, Dylan Garland and McConahay adding singles as well. Garland had two RBIs and Race Brant one, with McConahay stealing four bases and McCune three.
Coy Baker went 5-2/3 innings to grab the win for the Bombers. He yielded two runs on six hits and three walks while tallying eight strikeouts. Landon Manfull earned a save with 1-1/3 frames of relief, during which he surrendered two runs on two hits.
Mitchell Broer had a double and two singles for the guests, with Kenny Randolph adding a single and a double and Kordell Lettow two singles, with the latter two each contributing two RBIs.
WOODWARD-GRANGER 12, IOWA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 (5)
GRANGER — W-G jumped on ICA with nine first-inning runs en route to a 12-1 win in five innings of non-conference play Monday.
Nine different Hawks had hits in the win, with Garland, Mike Connor and Alex Bodermann recorded two hits apiece. Bodermann hit a double and had four RBIs, with Brant, McCune and Ben Krehbiel also providing two-base hits, while Garland scored three runs.
The offensive outburst was more than enough support for Teig Loge, who picked up the win after allowing just one run on four hits and a walk. He finished with three strikeouts.
Cody Veach, Jake Dicks, Josh Dueker and Brandon Sjulie had the only hits for the Trailblazers, with Dicks scoring the only ICA run of the game.
Tuesday, July 2
WOODWARD-GRANGER 5, EARLHAM 0
WOODWARD-GRANGER 8, GUTHRIE CENTER 0
GRANGER — The Woodward-Granger baseball team played two opponents at two different venues July 2 and at neither diamond did a Hawk pitcher allow a run in two WCC victories. W-G opened with a 5-0 win over visiting Earlham in the early afternoon before traveling to Guthrie Center, where the Hawks posted an 8-0 win over the Tigers.
McConahay handcuffed the Cardinals in the opener, allowing just two hits and issuing two walks while striking out four to collect the victory on the hill.
McCune had two singles for W-G, with Tyler Wiedner, Smiley, Connor, Garland and Brant adding base hits. Connor had two RBIs, with Garland, Smiley and Wiedner also driving in runs. Smiley scored twice, with Brant, McCune and Bodermann crossing the plate as well.
Alan Schmidt suffered the loss for Earlham. He allowed seven hits and two walks and was charged with five runs, three of which were earned. The sophomore finished with four strikeouts.
Canyon Hopkins had a double for the Cardinals, with Bryton Voss adding a base hit while Hopkins and A.J. LePorte drew walks.
Garland started and lasted five frames on the bump against Guthrie Center. He allowed four hits and four walks while striking out three in earning the win. Loge threw 1-1/3 innings, walking two and surrendering one hit while striking out one, with Wiedner striking out two batters to end the game.
McCune had a double and two singles, with Smiley, Brant and Garland adding two hits apiece while Wiedner hit a double and Brady Aunspach a single to account for W-G’s 11 hits. Brant and Aunspach had two RBIs apiece, with the team aided by receiving seven walks.
Chris Shroyer took the loss in just two innings after allowing five runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks. Zak Crawley allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four in three innings of relief, with Lane Rumelhart pitching two innings during which he yielded two hits and a walk while striking out four.
Shroyer had a double for the Tigers, with Cale Crowder, Dustin Bush, Cody Hix and Crawley adding base hits.