GRANGER — The Woodward-Granger baseball team soothed the pain of a tough 6-2 loss at Ogden Thursday by posting wins of 17-3 and of 11-1 at the annual Hawk Invitational Saturday.
W-G faced Interstate-35 in the first game of the invite and was the visitor on the scoreboard. The Hawks held just a 4-3 lead after scoring once in the top of the fifth, but the lid suddenly came off in a wild top of the seventh, in which 17 batters came to the plate and 13 scored.
Walks to Alex Bodermann and Michael Connor started the madness, and when Connor stepped to the plate for the second time in the innning he smacked a grand slam, that, paired with a two doubles, helped a baker’s dozen of Hawks step across the dish.
Race Brant, Brady Aunspach, Dylan Garland and Tre Loge all hit doubles in the win, with Connor driving in four runs, Aunspach three and Garland and Marcus McConahay two each.
Bodermann allowed three runs (one earned) on a walk and five hits in 4-1/3 innings to grab the win on the hill. Connor tossed 2-2/3 frames of relief, adding three strikeouts to the four recorded by Bodermann.
Five games were played before the Hawks stepped back onto the diamond. Madrid topped I-35, 9-5, in the second game of the day, with Glidden-Ralston outscoring Madrid 13-10 before being handed a 12-1 loss by Saydel, who promptly topped Nevada, 11-1, with both Saydel games ending early on the 10-run rule.
W-G was the home team against Nevada and handed the Cubs their second straight 11-1, five-inning loss.
Connor homered against Nevada as well, with Brant tallying three hits and Aunspach two. The Hawks were greatly aided by erratic pitching from their opponent, as two Cubs pitchers combined to issue 10 walks.
Garland went five innings for the win, allowing an unearned run on five hits and a walk while whiffing three.
W-G stole 11 bases against I-35 and 10 against Nevada, making the Hawks 71-of-73 of would-be thefts through nine games. The team has 15 more swipes than the next-best team among all classes (Greene County and Tri-Center Neola both have 56 steals). In contrast, opponents have stolen just one base off the Hawks and starting catcher Connor.
“I am proud of the success we are having and how we are using our speed to put pressure on the defense as often as we can,” W-G head coach Eric Evans said. “To have that many steals you have to be getting on base a lot and we have been, for the most part, pretty good at that.
“I like that we have walked more than we have struck out, which shows we are valuing our at-bats,” he added. “The added plus is that we are hitting for power now. In the past we had to bunt more, but now we can find the fence when we need to.”
W-G (6-3, 2-3) was coming off a 6-2 WCC loss at Ogden Thursday.
The Bulldogs led, 3-0, before the Hawks scored twice in the top of the third. The hosts countered with a tally in their half of the frame, then scored twice in the fifth to pull away for the win.
Aunspach took the loss on the mound. He was touched for six runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out three in six frames of work.
Brant and McConahay had two singles apiece, with both scoring once. Jackson Larson’s base knock was the only other W-G hit, with Bodermann recording the sole RBI.
Zach McCloud threw 6-1/3 frames for the win. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Nick Ross struck out two batters to end the game in a non-save situation.
Treston Hagen had a single and a solo home run while scoring three times for Ogden, with Ross and Harry Haglund hitting doubles.
W-G hosts Des Moines North Monday and visit Panorama Tuesday. The varsity game Tuesday will begin at 5:30 p.m.
at Granger, June 6
Team R H E
W-G 002 110 (13) — 17 14 x
I-35 020 100 0 — 3 5 x
W-G: Bodermann (4.1), Connor (2.2) and Connor, Pierce. WP: Bodermann. 2B — W-G: Brant, Aunspach, Garland, Loge. GS — W-G: Connor.
WOODWARD-GRANGER 11, NEVADA 1 (5)
Team R H E
NEV 000 10 — 1 5 x
W-G 254 0x — 11 6 x
W-G: Garland and Connor. WP: Garland. HR — W-G: Connor.
OGDEN 6, WOODWARD-GRANGER 2
at Ogden, June 4
Team R H E
W-G 002 000 0 — 2 5 x
OGD 211 020 x — 6 8 x
W-G: Aunspach and Connor. OGD: McCloud (6.1), Ross (.2) and Haglund. WP: McCloud. LP: Aunspach. 2B — OGD: Ross, Haglund. HR — OGD: Hagen.