Girls split two at Des Moines

Cesar J ToledoSports

The Woodward Granger Hawks softball team (17-6, 10-1) split Tuesday’s doubleheader against conference rival the Des Moines Christian Lions ( 9-11, 4-4).

In game one the Hawks overcame a 4-1 deficit with five runs in the fourth for a 6-4 lead.

The host Lions scored in the bottom half to creep to within one. The visitors countered with three more runs in the fifth that extended their lead to 9-5.

After a scoreless bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth, the home team came roaring back with three runs that once again brought them to within one.

In the final inning, the Hawks answered with five runs that pushed their lead to 14-8 and claimed victory.

Hawks starting pitcher Dalaney Bice allowed just five earned runs off seven hits in four innings. She walked three batters and struck-out two.

Riley Jamison came on in the fifth and gave up three runs-two earned- off six hits with a strikeout.

Bice also helped her cause with a 2 for 5 night that included back-to-back homeruns, two runs scored, and four RBIs.

Maggi Mallon and Carli Major led the team in hits with three a piece. Mallon scored a run and drove in one. Major had a solo homerun, and had a team high four RBIs.

Kaycee Major, Kendra Husmann and Meagan Bandstra had two hits each for a combined four RBIs including a Kaycee solo homerun. Bree Lesch, Jamison and Miranda Aunspach each had a hit.

In game two the road team became the host and let a 5-4 lead disappear in the fifth when the Lions clawed their way back with three runs to snatch the 7-5 win.

Jamison got the nod and pitched three innings. She allowed four runs- two earned- off eight hits with a strikeout and a walk. Bice came in and tossed two innings allowing three earned runs off two hits with five walks and a strikeout.

Bice and Mallon led their team with two hits each. Bice smacked her third homerun of the night for two RBIs. Mallon had a double and scored two runs.

Husmann, Aunspach and Lesch contributed a hit each. Kaycee drove in the Hawks other two runs.

This was the first conference loss for the Hawks who sit 1 1/2 games behind first place Van Meter (12-0) in the West Central Conference.

The team travels to Stuart on June 23 to take on the West Central Valley Wildcats.