A four run inning tames Tigers
The Hawks offense scored four runs in the top of the seventh against the host Tigers to ward off the home team’s chances at the late comeback.
The W-G Hawks (4-1, 2-0) are winners of three straight after they defeated conference foe the Madrid Tigers (0-3) in a close 9-6 ball game.
Starting pitcher Dalaney Bice earned her second win of the season. She tossed 5 2/3 innings striking-out 11 and walking six. She gave up five runs - one earned - on four hits. At the plate, Bice was 1 for 2 with a RBI.
Teammate Riley Jamison relieved Bice in the bottom of the sixth. She pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up one run on two hits.
As a team the Hawks scored nine runs off 12 hits. They drew seven walks, homered once, and drove in eight runs.
Maggi Mallon, Bree Lesch and Meagan Bandstra each had multi-hit games with two a piece. Mallon drove in a run, Lesch crossed home plate twice and Bandstra had a double that drove in two runs.
Miranda Aunspach, Kendra Husmann, Kaycee Major, Kayley Dresback and Riley Jamison combined for the other five hits on 19 at bats.
It was anyone’s game through six innings as the visitors held on to a two run lead, 5-3, going into the top of the seventh. In that inning the Hawks bats came alive with four runs to extended their lead 9-3.
Madrid wasn’t about to go down easy. The Tigers clawed their way back to within three runs at 9-6, but the hawks defense shut down any comeback scenario.
W-G will look to continue its wining ways this Wednesday against the visiting Guthrie Center Tigers. On Thursday they travel to Harcourt SB Diamond to take on Southeast Valley.
They will end their week on back-to-back games as they hit the road on Friday to take on Bondurant-Farrar. They will play at Belle Plaine High School for a Varsity Tournament on Saturday.