W-G baseball storms through Roland-Story

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Worth Henry pitches during a doubleheader with Panorama on June 11. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

After dropping a doubleheader with Des Moines Christian, Woodward-Granger (18-7) needed to make a statement traveling to CAM (19-3) on Monday, July 1. Leaving Anita with an 11-6 win did just that.

Unlike the Hawks’ previous few games, it wasn’t just a big inning that lifted them past the Cougars. It was a complete game that drove in runs all game but the six-run cycle in the third certainly didn’t hurt.

Down 2-0, Pacey Moats got things moving with a single, escaping the throw from the shortstop. Joe Rhodes then found his way to third base, driving in Moats to end the shutout, opening the floodgates for a monumental inning.

Rhodes became the tying run and was immediately followed by two more Hawk tallies. And with two outs and Moats back at the plate, Moats pushed through two more on another grounder, accounting for three runs in the inning. Six runs all without the aid of a Cougar fielding error.

The bats weren’t the only thing rocking for the Hawks. Freshman Aiden Honkomp came in as the runner for Trey Lettow in the fourth inning, and in two batters, stole his way to second and home. He stands at a perfect 3-for-3 this season on stolen base attempts and has five runs to just two at-bats.

With nine runs on the board through four innings, the offense’s heavy lifting was finished, leaving Worth Henry on the mound to keep the Cougars at bay.

Boasting 14 first-pitch strikes and five K’s, he’d bring his record to 4-1 on the season while Jay Dorenkamp closed the final inning for his first save of the year.

W-G will return to Hawk Baseball Field for a rematch with ACGC at 7 p.m. The Hawks previously won 13-0 in five innings against the Chargers.