Softball: Hawks rally late to take conference win

Cesar J ToledoSports
Softball: Hawks rally late to take conference win

The Hawks rallied back from a one run deficit with a two run sixth inning and snatched a conference win from the visiting Cardinals.

After staring the game with three runs in two innings, the Woodward-Granger Hawks (7-4, 4-0) saw themselves at the wrong end of a 4-3 score against the Earlham Cardinals (2-8, 0-3).

A three run lead dissipated in the fifth inning when the road team scored four runs on Hawks pitcher Dalaney Bice.

Bice, who pitched the full seven, fanned 10 hitters, walked two, gave up three hits and was charged just one earned run. At the plate, Bice led the team with a 2 for 4 performance.

She singled in the first and was replaced by courtesy runner Kayley Dresback who rounded the bases after Miranda Aunspach legged out a triple for the Hawks first run. A batter later, Aunspach touched home plate on a ground-out.

The scoring continued in the following inning, which gave the Hawks a 3-0 lead with Bice looking dominant against the Cardinal hitters. She had a quick fourth inning, but in the fifth the road team stormed back after some defensive errors.

Both teams exchanged scoreless innings before the Hawks countered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and the victory, at 5-4. Bice finished off the Cardianls in order to earn the win.

As a team the Hawks went 7 for 26 with a double, a triple, four walks and a stolen base. Bree Lesch, Megan Bandstra, Maggi Mallon and Carli Major each made contact with Bandstra smacking a double.

The win keeps the Hawks undefeated in the West Central Conference at 4-0, as they trek to Guthrie Center on Tuesday to take on conference foe the Tigers.