Hawks’ young group earns WCAC, district honors

Sean Cordy - Sports
Reese Jamison (left), Joe Rhodes (middle), Alex Bice (right). PHOTOS BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

“No one’s gonna want to play us next year.”

As if Woodward-Granger head coach Eric Evans’ team needed awards to back up his quote following the Hawks’ loss in the district final to Des Moines Christian, they now have numbers to back it up.

Three Hawks were named to the Class 2 All-District team for their season accomplishments and seven listed on the All-WCAC roster for their conference achievements.

Alex Bice (P) - 1st Team District, WCAC

One of two Hawks pitchers to notch five wins on the season, Bice was 5-1 on the season with three W’s coming in WCAC play. He truly came alive in conference play, driving down his season ERA to 1.88 after allowing just five earned runs to conference foes. He also led the team with 49 strikeouts and opponents only managed a .149 batting average the whole season.

Reese Jamison (IF) - 1st Team District, WCAC

The junior shortstop entered the season with the most hits on the team and moving up to the top of order only added to his success. His 44 hits brought his career total to 139 to tie the school record set by Race Brant in 2016. Jamison also had the team’s lone home run of the season and punched in a team-best 24 RBIs in conference play. He led the team with a .458 batting average and .560 on-base percentage.

Joe Rhodes (IF) - 2nd Team District, WCAC

Sitting in the three-hole, the senior was a key factor getting the Hawks across the plate. He drove in 32 runs on the season and was one of the most infrequent Hawks to strikeout, holding a .400 on-base percentage tied for third on the team.

Brandon Worley (P) - 2nd Team WCAC

Putting in 22 1/3 innings for the third-most on the team in conference action, Worley posted an efficient showcase of 23 strikeouts en route to a 2-2 record. Opponents swung .260 against the junior as well but couldn’t find their way to first often as he walked on six batters, the fewest among Hawks pitchers over 20 innings.

Bryce Achenbach (OF) - 2nd Team WCAC

While Achenbach came in for relief on the mound on occasion, he was an efficient commodity on the base path. Against conference opponents, the junior trailed only Jamison with an OBP of .426 and had a slugging percentage of .417. But his true mark came in the outfield, holding a perfect fielding percentage with 27 putouts.

Jack Grell - WCAC Honorable Mention

Hitting late in the order, Grell made the most of his 52 WCAC at-bats. While he only registered 14 hits, he drew eight walks to hold .406 OBP. He had 20 runs on his own and registered another 12 RBIs.

Worth Henry - WCAC Honorable Mention

In his sophomore campaign, Henry was yet another efficient at-bat. Hitting .304 for 17 hits, he scored 15 times and registered 15 RBIs.