Hawks split pair of WCAC games to start week
Coming off a string of losses last week, Woodward-Granger (5-7) started the new week with a split in WCAC games.
The No. 3 team in Class 2A has had their way with most teams this year. Coming to visit Woodward, Ogden left with an 8-1 win Monday over the Hawks after limiting their ability to get extra bases.
Ogden took a 7-0 lead through the first four innings with almost everyone involved, as only one batter failed to log a hit. Meanwhile with Denali Loecker — who hit a home run as well — pitching for the Bulldogs, the Hawks were less inclined to get on base.
It wasn’t until the fifth inning that Woodward broke the shutout when Chloe Houge sent Audrey Simmons through on a sacrifice hit. Simmons and Emma Anderson logged the only two hits of the night. Rian Jamison also got on base with a walk. With that limited number of base attempts, Monday marked a rare occasion the Hawks didn’t have single steal attempt.
From the pitching circle, Jamison made her 11th start of the season and struck out five in the process with nine hits and two walks.
Woodward took a little cue from the baseball team Tuesday afternoon. Heading into the sixth inning with a tied 3-3 road game, the Hawks turned things around for a 5-3 win to avoid collapse.
Unlike the previous night, W-G came out with a 3-0 lead after the top of the fifth inning. The Tigers tied the score up once they stepped up to the plate, only for the Hawks to return in kind with another two-run inning to save the day.
With the Hawks logging five hits and seven walks, Woodward styled its way to six stolen bases to help advance the score.
Logging runs for the Hawks were Katelyn Bandstra, Chloe Houge, Libby Grell, Bella McDivitt and Audrey Simmons, who also batted in two more runs.
By comparison, Madrid had even more success getting the ball in play as the Tigers posted 10 hits and three walks but were unable to advance on the base paths without a steal compared to W-G’s aggressive approach. Rian Jamison also struck out five Tigers in the process.
Up Next: Des Moines Christian (Thursday doubleheader)
The Lions have been through a rough patch this season holding a 2-7-1 record. Last year’s doubleheader went in favor of DMC by a combined score of 24-11.