Late inning heroics
A final inning comeback by the Woodward-Granger Hawks (13-7, 12-4) sealed a 6-5 victory over the visiting conference rival the Madrid Tigers ( 13-11 ,11-7).
On June 27, the Hawks put together a two run seventh inning after the road team erased 3-1 lead in the third with a 5-3 advantage after four.
The home team jumped on the board with a three run first inning to take a two run lead and turn around an early 1-0 deficit.
After a scoreless second inning, the road team knotted the game at three off Tiger’s Sinjun Harshbarger’s two RBI double.
W-G threatened to take the lead in the bottom half when Cole Theisen led off the inning with a center field double.
The threat was halted when Jackson Larson grounded-out, Reese Jamison flied out to second base and Austin Scharlau grounded-out to the pitcher.
In the fourth, Brady Aunspach mistimed his throw and allowed Madrid’s Logan Wicker to safely make it to first. Wicker then made it to second off a poor pick-off throw.
A ground-out and bad throw allowed Wicker to score and gave the road team a 4-3 lead. The Tigers added one more for the 5-3 advantage.
W-G countered in the fourth with a lone run to cut the deficit to 5-4. The score remained that way until the bottom of the seventh.
With Marcus McConahay and Brady Aunspach on base, Larson connected with a two run single for the 6-5 come from behind win.
Brandon Worley earned the victory when he took over for Jamison. He pitched one inning and gave up a hit. Jamison got the start and tossed six innings, giving up three earned runs, walking four and fanning five.
Jamison, Larson and Theisen led the team with two hits a piece and a combined five RBIs including Larson’s game winner. Aunspach and Matt Buch each had a hit.
The win put the Hawks in a second place tie with the Des Moines Christian Lions and has them three games back of the West Central Conference leader the Van Meter Bulldogs.
On June 30, the Hawks and Bulldogs face-off for a doubleheader at Woodward-Granger.