COON RAPIDS — For the third time this season the Woodward-Granger baseball team finished on the short end of a 3-2 score after an error on a bunt in the bottom of the seventh allowed Coon Rapids-Bayard to steal a WCC victory Tuesday.
W-G (5-9, 6-6) is 1-5 in games decided by two or fewer runs. They are 1-4 in one-run WCC games, with two of those (and one non-conference loss) decided in the final at-bat.
CR-B (13-4, 7-3) fell into a 2-0 hole after W-G scored runs in both the second and third innings but tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth before making off with the win in the seventh.
Tyler Wiedner (3-1) was the tough-luck loser for the Hawks. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out two.
Jake Smiley had three hits and a RBI for W-G, with Andrew McCune hitting a double while Mike Connor and Teig Loge added base hits. McCune and Wiedner each scored for the guests.
WOODWARD-GRANGER 8, WOODWARD ACADEMY 0
GRANGER — W-G finished a season sweep of the Woodward Academy with an 8-0 win Monday in WCC action.
The Hawks got off to a fast start by plating four runs in the bottom of the first inning. A single tally followed in the second, with three additional runs crossing the place in the third.
That was more than enough offense for W-G starter Chris McConahay, who held the Knights scoreless on just three hits and two walks while striking out 12 for the complete-game victory on the bump.
Connor had three hits for the Hawks, with McCune belting two doubles while Race Brant and Dylan Garland added two hits apiece and Smiley one. McCune and Garland each had two RBIs, with Connor and Wiedner also driving in runs.
Brant, Connor and Wiedner had two stolen bases apiece as the Hawks finished with nine steals.
Thursday, June 13
WEST CENTRAL VALLEY 17, WOODWARD-GRANGER 3 (6)
GRANGER — West Central Valley turned a 3-1 lead after two innings into a 9-2 edge after four frames en route to a 17-3 six-inning win in WCC play June 13.
W-G added a run in the fifth, but eight runs from the Wildcats in the top of the sixth set the stage for the game to end early.
Garland was roughed up for six runs (four of them unearned) on four hits and two walks in 2-2/3 innings in taking the loss. Smiley yielded seven runs (six earned) on five hits and four walks in 2-2/3 frames, with Loge touched for four unearned runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Garland struck out three batters and Smiley and Loge two each.
Smiley had a double and scored twice, with Brant adding a double and a single while Connor had two hits. McCune, Connor and Wiedner supplied the RBIs for the Hawks, with Alex Bodermann scoring the other run.