The Woodward-Granger Hawks’ baseball squad is looking to build off a strong 2016-2017 campaign where they finished the season with a 29-6 record, and fell a game short of the state tourney.
It hasn’t been the fast 2017-2018 start they hoped for, especially after starting the last season with 25 straight wins.
So far this year, the Hawks sport a 3-2 record that includes a three game winning streak that was snapped on Saturday, June 2 in a 4-2 defeat against the Ballard Bombers.
The impressive run the team accomplished last year would be a difficult task for any team to mimic considering the team lost four productive seniors.
Spencer Hanson, Matt Rhodes, Brady Aunspach and Marcus McConahay are working on the next phase of their lives.
The foursome were an integral part of last season’s success. All four finished in the top ten in batting averages with Hanson leading the squad with a .449 batting average.
Rhodes was second with a .441, Aunspach was fourth with a .391 and McConahay finished sixth with a .340.
The former Hawks accounted for over half of the team’s hits. They combined for 172 of the total 330 hits. They also recorded 127 of the 259 team RBIs.
The loss of productive leaders might wane on some teams, but the Hawks young squad is doing their best to fill the void.
Sophomores Bryce Achenbach, Brandon Worley, and Reese Jamison are leading the team in batting averages and hits. The trio is hitting a combined .429 batting average and account for 14 of the 33 hits.
Defensively in five games this season, the Hawks’ pitchers have a combined 1.70 ERA with 37 strikeouts to just eight walks. Their opponents are hitting at a .180 clip.
Senior Cole Theisen, one of the team’s two seniors, has a 1.79 ERA with a 1-2 record in three starts. He’s struck out nine and walked four.
Fellow senior Matt Buch and Worley have started the other two games. In three innings, Buch has struck out six and walked three and has yet to give up an earned run. Worley has tossed seven inning, struck out 10, walked only one and sports a 2.00 ERA.
The three hurlers will be looked at to continue the success left by Hanson who last year was the club’s leader in strikeouts (70) and opposing batting average (.177).