Hawks demolish host Cardinals, 16-0, in WCC baseball

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Race Brant begins to close the gap on Bryce Achenbach as he nears second base for what would become the first of his consecutive inside-the-park home runs Thursday at the Woodward Academy.

EARLHAM — On June 6 Earlham used a four-run third inning to fuel a 6-3 win over host Woodward-Granger in a WCC baseball tilt.

There was no such eruption from the Cardinals Tuesday, indeed, there was little noise of any kind from the hosts as the Hawks flipped the script and earned revenge with a 16-0 throttling in four innings of play.

Cole Theisen limited Earlham (7-7, 6-3) to two hits and one walk while striking out three in four frames on the bump.

The sophomore southpaw got all the help he would need in W-G’s (7-5, 6-2) first at-bat, as the Hawks scored eight runs to begin the game. Four more tallies crossed the dish in the top of the second and four more in the fourth to set up the early mercy rule finish.

Race Brant was 3-for-3 with a RBI, three steals and four runs scored. He now has 121 career hits, two shy of Andrew McCune’s school record of 123.

Marcus McConahay, Brady Aunspach, Austin Scharlau, Riley Jamison and Matt Buch wass had two hits for the Hawks, with Thiesen singling home two runs while Jordan Pierce added a base hit. McConahay had four RBIs and scored three times, with Aunspach hitting a double, driving in four runs and joining Scharlau and Buch in scoring twice. Scharlau also had a double for the guests, with Jamison drawing a pair of walks.

W-G will return to action Thursday when they host Panorama for a WCC varsity twin bill, with the first game to start at 5 p.m.

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