Hawks sweep Panthers in doubleheader

Cesar J ToledoSports ReporterCtoledo@theperrychief.com
Hawks sweep Panthers in doubleheader

A Woodward-Granger Hawks (9-5, 8-2) 5-4 deficit turned to an 11-5 advantage when the team mounted a seven run sixth inning and snatched a victory from the Panorama Panthers (1-9, 1-8) in game one of Thursday’s doubleheader.

On June 16, the host Hawks-who played game one as the road team- consistently found themselves clawing their way back from consecutive deficits.

In the bottom of the first after the Hawks had a 1-0 advantage, the host Panthers scored two runs to take the lead.

W-G’s Jackson Larson got things started in the second with a sliding double to center field. After one out, Resse Jamsion singled to left brought in Larson to tie the game at two.

The Panthers responded in the bottom half with with two more runs, thanks in part to a bad pick-off play between Hawks pitcher Brady Aunspach and first baseman Cole Theisen that eventually shifted the game 4-2 Panthers.

With one out in the third, Race Brant gave the Hawks new light when he singled and then stole second, which advanced him to third after a Panthers throwing error. Teammate Marcus McConahay’s sacrifice fly to right cut the lead to 4-3.

The Panthers pushed their lead back to two runs at 5-3 when Bryce Halterman’s single and stolen base put him on second. Koltin Sloss’ sacrifice bunt advanced Halterman to third and then a wild pitch by Aunspach allowed Halterman to score.

In the top of the fourth, Theisen smacked a stand up double to center field and made it to third base on a Panther’s wild pitch. Larson’s ground-out allowed Theisen to score and kept the Hawks in it at 5-4.

The Panthers went down in order in the bottom half of the fifth, which was the first inning they failed to score.

The Hawks saved their best for the sixth when Aunspach trotted to first on a walk. Theisen then legged out an infield single to put runners on first and second with no outs.

The Panthers failed to convert a Jackson sacrifice bunt, which loaded the bases. Aunspach eventually crossed home when the Panthers missed the play at the plate after Austin Scharlau reached first on a fielder’s choice.

Jamison followed with a two run single that put him on second when Theisen and Larson scored and gave the Hawks a 7-5 lead.

The runs kept coming as DH Bryce Achenbach’s single brought home Jackson and Scharlau and pushed the lead to 9-5 with no outs.

After two outs and a 10-5 advantage, Aunspach smacked a single to right field that allowed McConahay to move to third and score after Aunspach was caught attempting to steal second.

In the bottom half with one out, Aunspach was relieved by Jamison who struck-out two straight Panther batters.

The Hawks tagged on one more run in the seventh to seal the comeback and claim the game one victory.

Aunspach earned the win after tossing 5 2/3 innings, striking-out three, walking three and giving up five runs-one earned.

Brant, Larson and Jamison each had two hits with Jamsion leading the team in RBIs with three.

In game two, the host Hawks and Panthers pitchers battled tough with the host team breaking a 1-1 tie in the fifth with a run to snatch a 2-1 victory.

W-G’s pitchers Austin Ober and Brandon Worley combined for seven strike-outs, three walks while allowing only four hits.

McConahay led the team with two hits. Brant, Aunspach and Achenbach contributed a hit each. Brant and Hunter Pifer scored the Hawks two runs.

The two game sweep put the Hawks six games over .500 in the West Central Conference.

On Monday, the Hawks beat Ogden 2-0. McConahay picked up two hits and scored a run.

W-G got shutout by Des Moines Christian on Tuesday and fell 10-0. The Hawks managed just two hits in the contest. Des Moines Christian put up at least one run in each of the first five innings.

West Central Valley Stuart will be W-G’s next opponent on Thursday when the teams confront each other in a doubleheader.