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ACGC exacts revenge against Hawks

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Woodward-Granger's Emma Anderson during a home game on July 2. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

It was the Chargers’ turn this time.

After Woodward-Granger (5-11) won against ACGC (4-8) in the season opener, the Chargers returned the favor Tuesday on their home turf with a 7-4 win over the Hawks.

Rearrange the innings, and the difference between the two games is nil.

The Hawks won in comeback fashion by scoring five runs in the final inning for a walk-off win. Though ACGC didn’t need such a comeback, the Charger still relied on a five-run inning to catapult the win.

W-G struck first with one run in the second inning only for the hosts to clap back with five runs to put a stranglehold on the lead the rest of the game. By the time the seventh inning rolled around, Woodward trailed 7-3 and needed another five-run inning to pull away with the win.

That was a tall order to ask for the Hawks to repeat that comeback from three weeks ago, as only one other inning had they scored five runs in a single frame. That didn’t stop them from trying.

After struggling to get runners on base with any regularity — only one inning had multiple hits — Woodward placed three straight batters on base and converted Chloe Houge’s single into a run. But with two outs following Audrey Simmons’ sacrifice RBI, the Chargers put out the very next at-bat to secure the win.

Overall, the box score doesn’t look to give ACGC that strong of an advantage. The Chargers had just eight hits compared to W-G’s seven. Both teams drew only two walks. Woodward’s Ava Petersen struck out seven Chargers while Saige O’Brien logged just one K.

That led to both sides allowing four earned runs. The difference came in the field with the Hawks committing six errors, letting up three free runs to give the home team the advantage.

Keeping the game in check from the plate, Emma Anderson scored twice, both times being driven in by Rian Jamison. Allie Moore also ran through for one run. Despite getting on base with two hits, Katelyn Bandstra wasn’t able to add to her season run total.

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The Bluejays won in 15-3 fashion last year and have taken quite the leap forward as the No. 11 team in 4A this season.