Hawks hang with Southeast Valley into extra innings

Sean Cordy - Sports
Natalie Weaver slides into home plate to avoid a tag during a 2019 home game. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

After Woodward-Granger’s rally in Urbandale stopped short Thursday, the Hawks (5-29) looked to defend their home dirt against Southeast Valley (21-10) on Friday, June 28. But with a 3-1 final score after eight innings in favor of Southeast, the evening was another reminder how close the team has come to breaking through.

Head coach Jessica Wyant said Thursday she’d put her team against anyone and through seven innings, the Hawks proved they can hang tight with stiff competition. It wasn’t just an even score through seven innings, the game was a near-mirror image.

W-G pitcher Rian Jamison squared off with Mackenzie Crampton for eight innings, each letting past six hits on the night. Both pitched a shutout through six innings as well. Another unblemished full inning would have marked Jamison’s first shutout of the season until Southeast cracked through with the first run of the night.

With the game on the line in the bottom of the seventh, Natalie Weaver found her way through to tie the game up at 1-1, taking the Hawks into a rare eighth inning.

That’s where the game broke as Southeast pushed through two unanswered runs from the Hawk defense.

In what was an otherwise even-split game, that saw the teams tied through seven innings and equal with six hits apiece, few differences remained with the exception of W-G’s three fielding errors.

The Hawks did have a number of separating factors though including the only two steals of the night coming from Alissa Smeltzer and Audrey Simmons. That wasn’t enough to convert into runs, leaving five runners on base throughout the game while Southeast ended with nine runners stranded, creating more opportunities to take that final lead.

W-G will play its penultimate game of the regular season Monday, July 1 at Roland-Story (8-13) at 7 p.m.