Hawks jump to early lead over ACGC before weather delay

Sean Cordy - Sports
Caden Easter tosses a strikeout during a 2019 home game. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

The only thing that stopped the Hawks on Tuesday, July 2 was the rain. After five innings, Woodward-Granger (19-7) sent ACGC (3-22) packing with a 5-1 win to inch closer to the 20-win season goal.

Scheduled as doubleheader, the Hawks likely would have hit that milestone after having previously taken down the Chargers 13-0 on the road. By all indications from the five innings they did play Tuesday, they weren’t planning on slowing down on their home diamond either.

Through the first inning, the score was an even split at 1-1 as ACGC leadoff Newell Rogers scored the game’s first run. Without another run in the second inning, Woodward made a break in the third inning to secure a safe lead with the bad weather on the horizon.

As has become common for the green and white, it was one big showing that made the difference, putting up four runs in the inning for a real showcase.

After creating three runs in Monday’s game, Pacey Moats continued his surge with another three runs. He’d score twice himself while recording another RBI and went 1-for-2 to extend his hit streak to four games. He also swiped his 11th base of the season while Trevor Simmons stole two bags, bringing his season total to 19.

Simmons also went a perfect 2-for-2 and was a part of three runs as well sitting as the team’s clean-up. Reese Jamison and Jack Grell each grabbed one run to round out the score.

Caden Easter stayed out for all five innings on the mound to grab the W. It was his first appearance over four innings since May, bringing his season record to 3-0. Primed for a complete game before the weather stepped in for a word, he struck out eight batters in the process, grabbing one strikeout per 8.33 pitches, his best rate of the season.

Barring more weather disruptions, W-G is back at home Wednesday against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.