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Hawks escapes Panorama’s grasp for second time

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Jay Dorenkamp on the mound against Panorama on Thursday, July 9. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

Woodward-Granger (16-4-1) wouldn’t need another last inning hit for the win in Thursday’s rematch with Panorama (10-3), but there wasn’t much breathing room with a 1-0 shutout win.

Despite allowing eight hits and two more walks through the first six innings to the Panthers, the Hawks kept the scoreboard perfectly clean to take control late in the game.

After Reese Jamison drew a walk on four consecutive pitches and a Bryce Achenbach single, Colby Tague added to his RBI collection with a double to send Jamison home for the soon-to-be winning run.

The next three Hawks all struck out, leaving two potential runs stranded, giving the Panthers the opportunity to return the favor for Woodward’s comeback win in the first week of the season. Instead, the Hawks retired the side after just four at-bats thanks to flawless defense to back up Jay Dorenkamp on the mound.

Dorenkamp, who entered the game among the top 10 pitchers in the conference with a .68 WHIP, saw his rate of hits and walks exponentially increase as 13 Panthers earned a place on base. Thanks to the efforts from the gloves behind him, those opportunities turned into 11 stranded runners to close Panorama’s regular season with its only shutout loss of the year.

Compared to Panorama’s on-base percentage, the Hawks’ four hits and one walk made the win all but guaranteed, getting stunted all night until Tague, Achenbach and Jamison teamed up yet again at the most opportune time.

Though this marks the second win over the Panthers this year, this may not be the last the Hawks hear from their conference rivals. Woodward’s two wins have just been a dramatic prelude.

Panorama plays as the No. 2 seed in Woodward’s substate district. If both teams win after their first round byes, the two will meet again Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at Hawk Field for Round 3.

Up Next: Chariton (Friday)

The Hawks’ regular season comes to a close with a home game against the Chargers who average almost six runs per game but have struggled on the mound, allowing eight runs per game as well.