Woodward softball barely edged out by visiting DMC

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Woodward-Granger's Katelyn Bandstra slides as the ball is thrown on July 2. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

The twin bill for Woodward-Granger (5-9) came as close it could Thursday against Des Moines Christian (4-7-1) without getting a W.

Game 1: Hawks 6 - Lions 7

This was a tale of two halves. Unfortunately for the Hawks, their chapter was one page too short.

Des Moines Christian came out blazing with a 7-2 lead through the first three innings. And taking a page out from the Hawks baseball playbook, Woodward responded with a comeback attempt the next three innings with four more runs to threaten extra innings.

And with Audrey Simmons on second base after a steal, the Hawks were virtually in tying score position until strike three was called the next at-bat to end the game after six and half innings.

With the way the Lions were hitting, extra innings was all but guaranteed considering DMC logged 13 hits. Adding to that grand total, 11 of their runners were left stranded throughout the game, putting thee Lions on the verge of an even larger margin if not for the timely outs made by Woodward to keep the score within range despite just six hits.

Working with that limited amount of opportunity made Emma Anderson’s three-run performance all the more impressive. That tied her season-high and brings her to 14 runs this season.

Game 2: Hawks 4 - Lions 5

After two tremendous defensive plays from Katelyn Bandstra to retire the side with bases loaded, all the stars seemed to align for the Hawks in the third inning.

Already tied 1-1, a Bandstra score off a wild pitch followed by a two-run triple off another DMC error had the Hawks looking ready to get revenge thanks to a sudden 4-1 lead built off the team’s speed.

But a steady stream of single-run outings all the way into eighth inning won the day for the Lions.

Set in motion after two outs in the fifth inning, DMC brought the game to extras after earning the tying run thanks to five runners get on base in the top of the seventh. That was the story of the night as the Lions racked up bases all game with 12 hits to create a bounty of opportunities for the ultimate comeback despite leaving runners stranded before moving to extra innings.

Up Next: @Southeast Valley (Friday)

The Hawks travel to the 7-3 Jaguars’ turf for some non-conference action. Southeast rides a four game streak in Class 1A competition.