Hawk hardballers split latest pair

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Woodward-Granger's Race Brant is waved home by head coach Eric Evans in a game against Madrid last season.

DES MOINES — One day after suffering a 9-0 shutout loss the Woodward-Granger baseball team tasted the other side of a lopsided outcome by pasting host Iowa Christian Academy, 14-4, in six innings.

W-G (2-1 overall) erupted for seven runs in the top of the second and two more in the third to open a 9-0 lead. ICA countered with two runs of their own in the third and added two more in the fourth after the Hawks scored once in the top of the frame to set the score at 10-4 after four frames.

The guests plated a run in the fifth and added three in the sixth, ending the game one stanza early by keeping the Trailblazers from cutting their deficit below 10 runs.

Austin Ober collected the win from the hill after tossing three innings of three-hit ball. He walked one and struck out three, with one of the two runs he allowed being unearned.

Matt Buch was stout in 2.1 innings of hitless relief, but Nate Devick was touched for two runs on four walks and a strikeout before recording two outs.

Brady Aunspach led the attack with a 3-for-5 effort that included three RBIs and three runs, with Race Brant 3-for-4 with three runs and a RBI. Marcus McConahay was 2-for-4 with two runs and Austin Scharlau 2-for-4 with three RBIs as the first four in the Hawk lineup — Brant, McCohanay, Aunspach and Scharlau, in order — did the vast majority of the damage.

Jackson Larson had two RBIs and a double, with the Hawks swiping 12 bases. Brant and Aunspach had three steals apiece, with Scharlau stealing two bags while Reese Jamison had two thefts and scored twice.

Wednesday’s win came after a rough Tuesday at Madrid, where the host Tigers held the Hawks to four hits in scoring a 9-0 WCC victory.

W-G (1-1 in conference play) received two singles from both McConahay and Jordan Pierce, with Scharlau and Larson each drawing a walk. McConahay and Aunspach both recorded a steal for the guests.

Aunspach was touched for three runs (all unearned) on five hits and three walks in three innings of work. Larson tossed three innings as well, yielding six runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk. Five strikeouts were recorded by Aunspach and four by Larson.

Eli Greufe went six innings on the hill for the hosts, scattering four hits and two walks while fanning two. Nolan Owensby struck out one in an inning of relief.

Bryce Dean had two singles and scored twice for Madrid, with Parker Niemier 3-for-4 and Sinjun Harshbarger 2-for-4 while Wyatt Smith provided a double.

The hosts stole 11 bases, with Dean, Niemier, Tanner Miller and Logan Wicker having two thefts apiece.

The Hawks will return to action Saturday when they host the W-G Invitational. Saydel faces Glidden-Ralston at 8 a.m. with Glidden-Ralston playing Madrid at 10:30 a.m. while W-G is set to battle Centerville at 1 p.m. The 3:30 p.m. game pits Centerville against Saydel, with Madrid facing Newton at 6 p.m. W-G will play in a late nightcap as they will duel with Newton at 8:30 p.m.

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