WOODWARD — Day one of the annual Woodward-Granger Classic went as the hosts would have hoped, with the Hawks collecting a pair of wins that lifted their overall mark to 10-4.
W-G opened play with a 7-4 win over Pleasantville that was called after five innings by a time limit. A 5-4 win over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln followed, with the game ending by time limit after six frames.
“We got the bats going when we needed to and I liked seeing our pitchers starting to strike out more batters,” W-G head coach Noah Bean said. “We are having to move some people around defensively with Bree (Lesch) gone, but so far it has worked out OK.”
Lesch is expected to return to the lineup Monday, but the Hawks will first have to deal with Class 4A No. 2 Winterset at 10 a.m. Saturday.
W-G was out of the gate quickly against Pleasantville with four runs in the first inning. Pleasantville scored three times in the third only to have W-G counter with three runs in their next at-bat, with a single Trojan tally in the fifth accounting for the 7-4 final.
Meagan Bandstra was 2-for-3 with a double for the hosts, with Riley Jamison, Maggi Mallon, Kaycee Major, Carli Major, Kayley Dresback and Bice all adding singles. Carli Major had two RBIs and Kaycee Major and Mallon one apiece.
Kendra Husmann and Alissa Smeltzer both scored twice, with Jamison, Meagan Bandstra and Katelyn Bandstra also touching the plate.
Bice yielded three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four in four innings of work, with Jamison allowing an unearned run on three hits in one frame. Two runs scored off Bice were unearned.
The Hawks and Lynx went scoreless through three frames before Lincoln grabbed a 2-1 lead after four stanzas. Each team plated a pair of runs in the fifth to make it 4-3 in favor of the Lynx, but two Hawk tallies in the sixth proved decisive.
Bice threw all six innings for the win, surrendering five hits and two walks while fanning eight. One of the four Lynx runs was unearned.
Bice scored once and and drove in two runs with one swing — a blast that was her Class 2A leading seventh home run of the season.
Meagan Bandstra was 2-for-3 with a RBI and her 10th double, which is tied for the 2A lead.
Miranda Aunspach was 2-for-3 and scored twice, with Husmann adding a RBI double while Carli Major had a single and a RBI while scoring once. Kaycee Major drove in a run, with Anna Tague scoring once for the Hawks.
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