Hawks tower over Gilbert for third straight win

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Emma Anderson runs the bases during a home tournament on Saturday, June 20. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

That makes three wins in a row for the Hawks.

Woodward-Granger (4-4) took care of business in Gilbert (3-2) with a 10-3 road victory, marking the team’s best record through eight games since 2017.

For the first time this season, the Hawks came out with leading momentum and held it the rest of the ride thanks to their four runs scored out of the gates. That all started with leadoff Emma Anderson stealing two bases to get in position for the first run of the night.

Libby Grell (pinch-running for Rian Jamison), Ava Petersen and Audrey Simmons all followed her lead with runs of their own to light up the scoreboard. And two runs posted in the bottom of the inning couldn’t stop the freight train from moving forward as Anderson had her name soon called on her second of three four-base trips. The sophomore catcher has now scored three straight games to bring her season total to seven runs.

Grell, Petersen and Simmons also joined Anderson’s multi-score performance with two runs of their own. Simmons also drove in four of those Hawks runs as well. Allie Moore scored in the fourth inning to round out the scoring sheet for the Hawks.

While Jamison’s glory on the bases was subbed in for by Grell, she staked her name pitching seven complete innings for the fourth game this season and struck out four batters to bring the sophomore’s season total to 33 (ranked third in the conference). She has yet to be substituted in the circle.

The 10 runs Gilbert allowed are the most the Tigers have allowed all season. Their three-run output is also the fewest they’ve produced.

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The Trojans won their doubleheader with the Hawks last season as one of the top finishers in the WCAC. This season has been harsher for Pleasantville starting 2-5 after replacing five senior contributors.