GRANGER — Baseball has a 10-run mercy rule. It also has a 15-run rule, and the later came into play Monday as Woodward-Granger rolled the Woodward Academy, 15-0, in four frames of WCC play.
“Three years ago we were playing these guys 2-1,” W-G head coach Eric Evans said. “The difference now is that we are learning not to play to our competition and to come out get after it every game.
“We have some tough games ahead of us and I would love to be able to bag up some of these runs and pull them out later, but it doesn’t work that way,” he added. “What I like about what we are doing is that we are not letting up, but also not swinging at bad pitches and are showing that we are wiling to take a walk when we have to. Not getting into a pitcher’s count helps you see better pitches and that is what we have been able to do for the most part this year.”
The Knights simply offered no resistance defensively and finished with seven errors while issuing five walks and hitting one batter.
The Hawks scored four times in the first inning, once more in the second and seven times in the third for a 12-0 lead. The game ended in the bottom of the fourth when Tre Loge tripled, Logan Lande doubled and Marcus McConahay and Race Brant singled, with a throwing error allowing McConahay to cross the dish with the 15th run and end the contest.
Alex Bodermann walked four and allowed one hit in four scoreless innings of work to collect the win on the hill. He finished with seven strikeouts.
Michael Connor, Loge and McConahay each had two hits, with Brant and Bodermann adding hits and Austin Scharlau a double. Brant had two RBI sac fly outs and drove in a another with a base hit, with Connor collecting three RBIs, Scharlau two and McConahay two. The Hawks finished the game with 13 stolen bases.
Bailey Brinkley’s two-out single in the top of the first was the lone hit for the visitors.
W-G travels to Van Meter tonight before visiting Ogden Thursday.
WOODWARD-GRANGER 15, WOODWARD ACADEMY 0 (4)
at Granger, June 1
Team R H E
WA 000 0 — 0 1 7
W-G 417 3 — 15 10 1
WA: Altman and Fridley. W-G: Bodermann and Connor. WP: Bodermann. LP: Altman. 2B — W-G: Scharlau, Lande. 3B — W-G: Loge. LOB — WA: 4; W-G: 3.