Hawks get bats moving early in second straight road game
The hour and a half trek Wednesday was a success for Woodward-Granger (3-0) as the Hawks took down IKM-Manning (0-2) for their third win in as many days to open the season.
Perhaps most notable, W-G finally got the bats moving without needing a last minute save at the plate.
The past two nights required some quick work in the seventh inning to stave off upsets. Meanwhile, business was done almost right off the bat as the Hawks took a quick 6-0 lead within the first three innings.
With the first double-digit score of the season, they produced a laundry list of players on the scoresheet as nine Hawks crossed home plate and registered a hit. Freshman Brody Nardini and junior Trevor Simmons led the way with two runs apiece (the latter is the first Hawk to score in consecutive games this year).
And two days removed from his record-breaking hit, senior shortstop Reese Jamison continues to show his versatility. He went a perfect 3-for-3 with one run and two RBI.
The workload for the pitchers was also a little more spread out than a typical showing. Among the four pitchers Wednesday, senior Justin Wheeler made his first career start after appearing in two games last season.
In for the first two innings, Wheeler let only two Wolves batters on base and struck out two as well (both in the second inning). The rest of the night was a rotation of Nardini, Hunter Keubler and Nate Rosen. As a team, they struck out five and allowed just three hits.
Up Next: Van Meter (Thursday - Doubleheader)
Expectedly, the state champs have started the season 2-0. Last year’s games between the two got quite contentious, with a 13-12 loss among one of the wildest finishes the Hawks have ever experienced.