W-G softball season ends after Jesup trip

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The Hawks group together after their last home game of the season. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

After a heroic win in the opening round of the postseason, Woodward-Granger’s season (6-32) came to a close after falling 14-1 to Jesup (29-9) on Wednesday, July 10 in the second round of

Down 5-0 after first two innings, the J-Hawks turned the heat up a notch with five runs in the third inning, looking to put W-G away early.

At the end of the order, Brylee Bice flew out but was followed by the team’s first hit of the night as Chloe Houge drew a single.

With Katelyn Bandstra and Emma Anderson pushing her around the base path, the Hawks soon found their way to home plate but stopped there after two more fly balls.

The following inning, another three runs flew past the green and gold defense with another four runs including leadoff Zoe Miller’s fourth run of the evening for the J-Hawks. She scored after every plate appearance and all but three batters notched at least one run.

All told with the score standing at 14-1, the single Katelyn Scharlau managed in the fourth inning came too late to start a rally to keep the game going as the J-Hawks forced an early exit for Woodward, only to give the Hawks something more to fight for starting next season.

The Hawks struggled to gain traction with Owen Hunter as the skipper, starting the season with 10 losses before his sudden resignation at the beginning of June. Wyant took over as the interim coach from that point, leading the team to its three wins within the first week taking over.

With Wyant at the helm, W-G had a record of 6-22 for two more wins than they had the prior season. They are projected to return three juniors and five sophomores to add some veteran experience compared to this season’s green roster.