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Early lead slips from Hawks against ranked Lady Jays

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Brylee Bice during a game earlier this season. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

The lead came and went for the Hawks against one of the top-ranked teams in the state.

On the road at Bondurant-Farrar (12-5), Woodward-Granger (5-12) fell in a 10-3 contest to the Lady Jays, who ranked No. 11 in the latest Class 4A poll.

A run from Hawks catcher Emma Anderson in the second inning tied the game up 1-1 after the second inning, and back-to-back runs from Katelyn Bandstra and Chloe Houge helped take a short-lived 3-1 lead.

Bondurant-Farrar immediately primed itself for nine unanswered runs to avoid falling in a third straight game. Over the course of the last three innings, 18 Lady Jays landed safely on base while limiting the Hawks to just 11 such opportunities all evening.

Trying to compete with Bondurant-Farrar’s quick barrels, four Hawks made up the entirety of the team’s eight hits. Bandstra, Houge, Anderson, and Brylee Bice had two hits apiece while six Lady Jays logged multiple hits, including Megan Murphy in the sixth inning with a three RBI home run.

Without enough runners on base, Woodward-Granger was limited in its normally aggressive approach. The team managed only two stolen bases on three attempts. Bondurant-Farrar once again won another stat category and bagged four bases in comparison.

Rian Jamison earned the start for the Hawks, pitching all six innings with two strikeouts, one walk and 10 runs allowed (seven earned). That wasn’t far removed from Bondurant-Farrar’s bullpen that combined for three K’s and a walk, with the bulk of difference coming in the field.

Up Next: Perry (Thursday)

The Hawks get one more shot at a W before Wednesday’s regional opening round in Woodward. Perry has struggled with momentum all season but held their own against the Lady Jays in a 5-4 loss after holding a late lead. Woodward won 13-7 against Perry last season.