Hawks softball loses early lead against Roland-Story

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Woodward-Granger softball has a team meeting after a 2019 road game. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

After giving up two runs in extra innings Friday, Woodward-Granger softball was back in action looking to return the favor while visiting Roland-Story (7-13) on Monday, July 1. Taking that same intensity that downed the Hawks, they put two runs up on the board for the early lead but soon fell behind as Roland took a 6-4 win on the road.

Monday proved to be filled with hot and cold innings for both sides as Roland couldn’t get passed Rian Jamison throwing heat from the circle until the third inning. Once they broke through for the first run, another three followed to take a 4-2 lead.

The Hawks couldn’t find their way around the bases again until the fifth inning, squaring the game up at 4-4 with another two-run frame, ultimately undone as Roland powered through for two runs in its last two innings.

As with W-G’s performance Friday, falling behind after a crop of errors, mistakes in the field tied the Hawks down. In total, they recorded six errors. Among the team’s highest count for the season, that directly led to four runs for Roland.

While that helped Jamison’s stat line, giving up just two earned runs for a 2.33 ERA, the four unearned runs became the de facto difference-maker, pushing aside the progress made by the Hawks’ bats.

It was a fairly quiet affair at the plate overall with just five hits spread across five batters — Jamison was the only one to get on base twice with a walk and a hit — but it made for an efficient night, driving four across home. Conversely, Roland had three errors and matched the two earned runs let passed Woodward.

Only one game remains in the Hawks’ regular season. They host ACGC on Tuesday before South Hardin comes to town for the first round of regionals on Monday.