Blue Devils dash Woodward’s dreams in low-scoring affair

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Woodward-Granger's Colby Tague runs the bases during a home game on June 18. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

Woodward-Granger (6-2-1) headed back home Tuesday with its largest loss of the season. Though, that still means it was a close call with Martensdale-St Marys (8-0) as the undefeated Blue Devils won 3-1 over the Hawks.

Last week, Hawks head coach Eric Evans said that if team names were taken away from the box scores, it’d look like Woodward has been playing the best teams in the state. That certainly is true in the case of the Blue Devils who coming into the game had won by a combined 78-17, and no team had come even within five runs of the 2019 Class 1A state qualifiers.

Woodward became the first to hold Martensdale below five runs as well but were ultimately stunted at the plate.

While the Blue Devils mounted a two-run second inning, the Hawks couldn’t find their way on base until the fourth inning when Colby Tague drove in Reese Jamison who had gotten the team’s first hit with a double. That along with the sixth inning were the only two which the Hawks didn’t go three-up, three-down.

Martensdale didn’t fare too much better on that scale either as the Blue Devils had five hits, two walks and Alex Bice struck them out eight times to leave six potential runs stranded. W-G had four hits, zero walks and eight K’s as well. With so few on-base appearances, Bryce Achenbach and Worth Henry were the only two left stranded for the Hawks, just enough to potentially tie the game had they been driven in.

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The Hawks have owned this series as of late, winning the previous seven games with the Tigers who start the season with a 2-1 record. Comparatively, they beat ACGC 16-6 while W-G relied on a last inning run against the Chargers.