Over the weekend Woodward-Granger softball fought hard in every game of the home-hosted two day tournament.
Among their opponents, the Hawks took on Perry and Lewis Central on day one. When up against the Jayettes, impressive shows came from both Natalie Weaver and Ava Petersen as each contributed one run to the score board leaving the final score in Perry’s favor, 6-2.
Game two was arguably the turning point for the young Hawks team because of the victory over No. 9 ranked 4A team Lewis-Central. At one point Woodward-Granger was down 4-3 when Head Coach Owen Hunter made the decision to switch pitchers and let Elly Polich take the mound.
Polich was a huge part in getting the win in the circle closing it out with two strikeouts. It was also around this point when Maddi Danti hit an RBI double, putting the Hawks one ahead of the competition.
The first game on Saturday, the Hawks lost to Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln team 6-5 with Chloe Houge bringing in two runs.
Coach Hunter says it is difficult to implement new and improved skills on his team when they play a game almost every night of the week, but he is confident in his teams skill level and ability to overcome some opponents.
“For most of our players, this is their first experience playing varsity softball,” says Coach Hunter. “It is a test for all three of our pitchers to get through seven innings. We have the ability to play good softball, it is just a matter of being consistent game to game.”
Coach Hunter also stressed the fact that he and his assistant coach, Jessica Wyant, constantly encourage the team to be prepared, control their emotions, and to remember that this sort of schedule is a “grind,” but the ability is there.