WOODWARD — Winless Guthrie Center proved little trouble for Woodward-Granger Tuesday as the Hawks won the WCC softball meeting, 12-0, in four innings.
The Hawks (7-6, 4-2) scored twice in the first inning and nine times in the third. A single tally in the fourth enforced the mercy rule, which in softball is set at 12 runs after three innings or 10 after five.
Annie Webb had three hits for W-G, with Julie Evans, Dalaney Bice and Bree Lesch all adding two hits apiece. Bice hit two singled and Evans one, with Riley Jamison scoring twice while Brenna Demmerly and Mary Hansen joined their teammate in scoring their first varsity runs of the season. Hansen stole two bases, with Demmerly and Jamison adding one theft apiece.
Jordyn Achenbach tossed four scoreless innings to earn the win. She allowed four hits and walked two batters while striking out five.
DM CHRISTIAN 3, WOODWARD-GRANGER 2
URBANDALE — Woodward-Granger trimmed their deficit to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning but could not add to their tally in their final at-bat as they fell to Des Moines Christian in WCC play Monday.
Lions starter Emma James helped her own cause with a pair of RBIs while her battery-mate, catcher Olivia Rasmussen, hit a solo home run to power the hosts. DMC plated one run in the first frame and two more in the fifth before W-G finally responded.
Bice smacked a solo home run for the Hawks, with Josie Baumgartner — on to run for catcher Meagan Bandstra after her base hit — scoring on a defensive miscue to cut the gap to 3-2. Unfortunately the guests could come no closer in suffering the setback.
Bice threw six innings in being handed the loss. She yielded three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven.
James allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while fanning 10 in collecting the victory in the circle.
Alyssa Jack and Lesch each had two hits for the Hawks, with Julia Evans also adding hit while Maddie Wagner and Maddie Cappel provided two hits apiece for the Lions.
Thursday, June 6
OGDEN 8, WOODWARD-GRANGER 6
WOODWARD — Five scores in the bottom of the fifth inning trimmed W-G’s deficit against Ogden from seven runs to two, but the Hawks could not complete a full comeback and fell to the Bulldogs, 8-6, June 6.
Ogden had scored twice in the first frame, once in the third and three times in the fourth to post a 6-0 lead before W-G finally scratched the scoreboard with a single tally in the bottom of the fourth. The Bulldogs added two important insurance runs in the top of the fifth as the five scores in the bottom of the frame would otherwise have tied the game for the hosts.
Neither team plated runs in either of the final two stanzas, allowing Ogden to slip away with the victory.
Bice took the loss after tossing seven innings for W-G. She allowed eight runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out nine. One Bulldog run was unearned.
Jordan Poock picked up the win for Ogden, yielding six runs on 11 hits in seven frames in the ring. She struck out one, with one of the Hawk tallies unearned.
Webb had three singles, a double and two RBIs for W-G, with Evans and Lesch both providing two hits. Alyssa Jack, Alison Soelberg and Miranda Aunspach also had hits, with Bice scoring twice while Jack, Soelberg, Aunspach and Achenbach touched the plate once each.
Kylie Westberg hit a double and drove home two runs for Ogden, with Carson Bailey also contributing two RBIs.