Woodward-Granger pulls away from ACGC after big inning

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Trevor Simmons at the plate on July 6. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

Woodward-Granger (14-4-1) walked away from ACGC (4-13) with an 8-3 win Tuesday. Surely, that was more breathing room than the first go around when the Hawks needed a walk-off hit for a 3-2 win. Tuesday’s win didn’t come without a slight scare, though.

The Chargers were coming off an 8-0 loss to a previously winless Perry team the night before. Apparently in no rush to be shut out again, they took a 1-0 lead after the first inning. It wasn’t until the fifth frame that the Hawks pulled away.

Tied 1-1 through four innings, the Hawks put the pieces together with four runs thanks to the middle of the order stepping up. Caden Easter drove in Colby Tague to break the tie, and soon after, Worth Henry stole all the momentum after stealing home for the 3-1 lead. Christian Husmann and Trevor Simmons followed suit.

Avoiding a vengeful Chargers comeback, Reese Jamison added to his school record run total he set the night before against CAM, getting runs No. 117 and 118 of his career, and was 2-for-3 for the night and walked once.

However, that wasn’t the most efficient performance. That honor belonged to Simmons, who was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs and two RBI. Tate Lettow also had a two hit performance with two RBI.

Woodward’s mound also got help from multiple hands with Brandon Worley (3 innings), Brody Nardini (2.2) and Jay Dorenkamp (1.1) rotating throughout the night. They combined for nine strikeouts in total, with Nardini leading the way with four. Dorenkamp picked up the save with four consecutive outs.

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A week away from substate action, W-G’s schedule ramps up with two teams that received a couple votes in the most recent polls. Eddyville holds a 10–4 record while the Panthers come to Granger on Thursday seeking revenge for the Hawks’ win in the first week. The two could play again in the substate final in two weeks.