Hawks poised to challenge conference

Cesar J ToledoSports ReporterCtoledo@theperrychief.com
Hawks poised to challenge conference

Last season the Woodward-Granger Hawks finished three games above .500 at 16-13 with a losing West Central Conference record at 8-10.

This season sixth year head coach Eric Evans already has his team on the right track with an opening day 2-1 victory at Ogden.

Evans, who is also the school’s special education teacher, has his team working hard to improve on last year’s record.

“We are looking to finish in the top four of the conference,” he said.

His goal isn’t too far fetched, as according to him, this season’s Hawks team has the speed and experience to make some waves this year.

With many of last year’s seniors now graduated, Evans will look to his unofficial leaders to step-up and help lead the team to their ultimate goal.

We focus on the team first, which is why we don’t have captains, Evans said.

Three key team members the coach will single out to guide the younger players will be senior Race Brant, and juniors Brady Aunspach and Marcus McConahay.

These three players will be counted on when needed to insert their experiences and sportsmanship, he added.

So far the Hawks are 1-1 with a win coming against the Ogden Bulldogs but they faltered on May 31, against the Madrid Tigers.

It was a tough conference loss as the host Tigers (2-1, 2-0) clobbered the road team for nine runs while their pitching subdued the Hawks to zero runs on just four hits, he said.

Both McConahay and Jordan Pierce had the team’s four hits, each providing two a piece on three at bats. McConahay also had a stolen base.

Teammates Austin Scharlau and Jackson Larson were 0 for 2 but each drew walks.

Starting pitcher Aunspach earned his first loss. He threw three innings giving up three earned runs on five hits. He fanned five batters and walked three others.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Larson came in relief. He pitched the final three innings giving up six runs on five hits while striking-out four and walking one.

The game was close early with the Hawks only down three runs after three innings.

Offensively, the road team couldn’t muster much as Tigers’ starting pitcher Elie Greufe kept the Hawks at bay giving up just four hits on six innings of work.

The game got away from the visitors in the fifth and six innings when the Tigers scored back-to-back three run innings that put the game out of reach at 9-0.

W-G will look to bounce back this Saturday June 4, when they host several teams in the Varsity Invitational.

They are back on the mound on next Monday when the welcome the Earlham Cardinals and then on Tuesday they travel to Guthrie Center.