Hawks fend off determined Polar Bears

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W-G skipper waves a runner home earlier this season. The Hawks had to rally Monday for a 5-4 win over the Polar Bears of Des Moines North.

GRANGER — The Woodward-Granger baseball team may have learned a lesson Monday: Any team can be dangerous at any given time.

W-G (7-3) hosted Des Moines North (0-11) Monday for a non-conference contest, and while the Polar Bears had been outscored a combined 103-3 entering the game, they proved to be a surprisingly tough challenge.

The Hawks scored three times in the third and once more in the fourth to grab a 4-0 lead, but North rose up and scored four runs in the top of the fifth to tie the tussle.

W-G managed to scrape across a run in their half of the sixth, then kept the guests off the board in the top of the seventh to secure the well-fought victory.

Brady Aunspach went the distance on the bump for W-G, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks. He finished with four strikeouts.

The Hawks had eight hits in the win, all of them singles. Dylan Garland was the only player with multiple hits. He scored twice, with Alex Bodermann, Tre Loge and Austin Scharlau scoring the other W-G runs.

W-G visits Panorama tonight, with a special varsity start time of 5:30 p.m. They will then host Iowa Christian Academy Wednesday and Earlham Thursday.

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