WOODWARD — After starting the season 0-14 the Woodward-Granger softball team has now rattled off three consecutive wins.
After topping Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 5-4, on Friday, the Hawks rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to stun CB Lewis Central, 11-10. That set the stage for the annual intra-county showdown with Perry, who was coming off an 12-0 loss to Ogden earlier Saturday after besting Lewis Central, 11-3, Friday.
Allowing the opposition big innings has hurt the Jayettes (3-10) all season, and such was the case again Saturday, as the Hawks happily took full advantage of five defensive miscues in the bottom of the third inning to turn a 1-0 W-G lead into a sudden 8-0 gulf.
Perry scored once in the fourth, then put three tallies on the board in the top of the fifth to shave their deficit to 8-4, but W-G countered immediately with a five-run fifth to push the score to 13-4.
The Jayettes continued to scrap, scoring three times in the sixth, but the game ended with the standard 90-minute tourney rule in effect.
Audrey Simmons had three hits and a RBI for W-G, with Natalie Weaver adding a pair of hits while Maddi Danti drove in a run with a single. Ava Petersen hit a double for the hosts, with Emma Anderson, Chloe Houge and Rian Jamison contributing hits as well. The Hawks finished 6-of-6 on stolen base attempts.
Jamison allowed seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and a walk in pitching all six frames for the win. She hit one batter and struck out four.
Jayna Kenney surrendered 13 runs (six earned) on 11 hits and two walks in taking the loss in the ring. She hit two batters with pitches and finished with five strikeouts.
Kenney did her best to help herself with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, with Lydia Olejniczak adding three base hits, two runs scored and a RBI.
Kennedy Tunink had two hits and drove in a run, with Macy Killmer and Cassidy Heck adding a single and RBI apiece while Bella Nath contributed a base hit.
The other games played Saturday saw Pleasantville improve to 12-3 overall with wins of 16-1 over Lewis Central and of 12-4 over Abraham Lincoln.
W-G visits AC/GC Monday, hosts Panorama for a varsity twin bill Tuesday and then travels to Van Meter Thursday for a varsity doubleheader.
Perry will drive to Gilbert Tuesday and ADM Wednesday before entertaining Saydel Thursday.