Softball: Hawks finish tournament 1-1

Cesar J ToledoSports
Softball: Hawks finish tournament 1-1

The Hawks finished Belle Plaine’s tournament with a 1-1 record after a 6-3 win against the Raiders, but a last inning loss against the Plainsmen, 7-6.

At the varsity tournament, the Woodward-Granger Hawks (6-4, 3-0) quelled any chances for the Williamsburg Raiders ( 2-9) to mount a comeback win.

The Hawks erased a nil tie for a 1-0 lead in the top of the third that was followed by a four run fifth inning that gave them a 4-0 advantage.

In the sixth, the Hawks drove in another run to extend their lead to 5-0 with an inning and a half left to go.

W-G’s starting pitcher Dalaney Bice tossed five scoreless innings, striking out seven with only two walks and allowing just five hits. Offensively, she led the team with a 3 for 4 performance that included two doubles.

In the sixth, reliever Riley Jamison took over. She blanketed the Raider offense but then in the seventh she gave up three runs-one earned- off two hits. The team held and manged to take the victory.

As a team the Hawks went 13 for 34 with three doubles, two stolen bases and a walk.

Bree Lesch, Miranda Aunspach, Maggi Mallon and Kaycee Major each finished with two hits on a combined 16 at bats. Jamison and Megan Bandstra each had a hit.

The victory was short lived as the host Belle Plain Plainsmen mounted a rally in the final inning to take the 7-6 victory.

W-G scored two runs in the first and then three in the third to take a 5-0 lead. Jamison got the start and held the host team scoreless through four.

The Hawks extended their lead to 6-0 after five. The Plainsmen tuned-up Jamison with a five run fifth inning to cut the visitors lead to one at 6-5.

After a scoreless sixth, Jamison with one out in the top of the seventh gave up another two runs. Bice was sent in relief. She struck-out one batter and walked two but the damaged had been done as W-G fell by one.

In over six inning of work, Jamison gave up seven runs-three earned-in 11 hits with two strikeouts.

Kendra Husmann led the team with a 3 for 4 afternoon. She had an RBI and scored a run. Major, Mallon, and Aunspach each had two hits.

This Monday the team will host conference foe the Earlham Cardinals.