Hawks offensive eruption halts Knights

Cesar J ToledoSports ReporterCtoledo@theperrychief.com
Hawks offensive eruption halts Knights

The Woodward-Granger Hawks baseball team claimed two straight victories over the Woodward Academy Knights in their double header contest at Woodward Academy.

On June 9, the Hawks (6-4, 5-2) erupted for 26 combined runs against their conference foe, which dropped to 0-8.

In five innings of work, the Hawks put up 17 runs against the host Knights in game one of the afternoon.

The Hawks got on the board early with six runs in the first off the Knights’ Amari Johnson who was taken out after only a third of an inning.

A four-run first inning got the home team within two runs at 6-4.

After a scoreless second, both the Hawks and Knights added a run each that kept the game close at 7-5.

In the top of the fourth, W-G’s Matt Buch and Race Brant contributed two RBIs. Two errors and a Reese Jamison walk led to four more runs and a commanding 12-5 lead for the Hawks.

The lead mounted to 12 when the Hawks scored another five times in the fifth to close out the game in five.

As a team, the Hawks went 11 for 24 at the plate with eight stolen bases and nine walks.

Brant and Brady Aunspach both finished with two hits. Marcus McConahay, Cole Theisen, Jackson Larson, Nate Devick and Austin Scharlau each had a hit.

Starting pitcher Devick got the win after he gave up four runs on one hit in just one inning. Reliever Brandon Worley worked four innings, fanning five, walking none and giving up one earned run.

The Hawks’ head coach Eric Evans said he was proud of his team’s execution and new approach at the plate.

“Just some discipline at the plate and not swinging at bad pitches, trying to teach them to get in hitters count,” he said. “Teaching them that you will get a strike in this at bat and not to chase and get down in the hole.”

Despite the 17 runs the coach was concerned how his team’s six run lead after one diminished to just two. He also kept his team level headed before game two.

“I told them we scored six in the first inning and there is no reason we should ever give up four in the bottom half,” the coach said. “Last game means nothing now so we have to come out hopefully put up more than they do.”

In game two, the Hawks were the host team and belted out 12 runs while holding the Knights to just two.

Brant started things off in the third with a three run blast to center field to bring in Hunter Pifer and Bryce Achenbach.

After Aunspach singled, Theisen sent the ball over left field for a two run homer and a 5-1 lead.

In the fourth, with the host team up 6-1, Brant smashed a homer over the center field wall for a 7-1 advantage. A few batters later, Larson drove a double to left field for the team’s eighth run.

The Hawks added another two runs for a 10-1 lead. Two more runs in the fifth pushed the lead to 12-1 before the Knights managed one more run to cut the deficit to 12-2.

Dillon Fogarty earned the win after working four innings. He walked three and struck-out four giving up just an earned run. Achenbach threw one inning, gave up two hits, and an unearned run.

The boys will be back in action on June 10 when they travel to Des Moines to take on the Polar Bears.