Simmons breaks up Earlham’s shutout bid over W-G

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Georgia Simmons swings at a pitch during a game earlier this season. PHOTO BY ANDREW BROWN/DALLAS COUNTY NEWS

After picking up three consecutive wins, Woodward-Granger (4-6) suffered its second straight loss after Earlham (10-3) notched a 6-1 win Friday night over the Hawks in WCAC action.

The Cardinals have truly had the Hawks’ number the past few seasons, now winning the last seven matchups. Prior to Friday, the three previous games were won by a combined 27-0. That monumental shutout streak Earlham held was finally broken when eighth-grader Georgia Simmons grabbed a run off an Emma Anderson single with two outs in the final inning.

That was the largest chunk of momentum the Hawks were able to force on the night, putting four runners on base in six plate appearances. Bella McDivitt and Chloe Houge each collected consecutive hits to advance Simmons to scoring position. It was the first time Earlham had allowed consecutive batters to get on base.

In addition to getting the night’s lone run, Simmons proved to have an efficient presence at the plate as she got on base all three appearances thanks to two walks and a hit. Ava Petersen had the lone extra base hit on the night with a second inning double. Anderson also had some notable success as she had W-G’s only multi-hit performance, split between both Earlham pitchers.

Most of the night was stunted by Earlham’s aces in the circle. Eighth-grader Cora Boyle threw three strikeouts four innings and was relieved by Madeline Janssen’s four K’s in the final three frames.

In her 10th start for the Hawks, Rian Jamison pitched six complete innings and added three strikeouts to her name to stay strong at No. 4 in the conference leaderboard with 36 on the season.

With the pitching duel at a relative equal advantage, most of the night’s margin came in the field as Earlham had no errors while the Hawks logged six. Of the Cardinals’ score, five of seven runs were unearned on errors.

Up Next: Ogden (Monday)

The Hawks are about to host the toughest opponent yet this season. Ogden comes in with the No. 3 Class 2A ranking and won both meetings last season by more than 10 runs.