Hawks slowly pull away from host Knights for WCC win

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Race Brant lifts a fly ball against Earlham Friday. The junior was 3-for-4 Monday to help lead W-G to a 13-5 win at the Woodward Academy.

WOODWARD — When the Woodward-Granger and Woodward Academy baseball teams met in Granger on June 1, the host Hawks needed only four innings to post a 15-0 West Central Conference victory.

On Monday the host Knights made completing the season sweep much more difficult, at least form three frames. Trailing 3-0 after one inning, the Academy scored twice in the second and offset a Hawk tally in the third with two of their own in the bottom of the frame to stand even, at 4-all, after three stanzas.

At that point the game changed direction, as W-G scored twice in the fourth, once in the fifth and six times in the sixth to pull away for a 13-5 win, as the Knights were able to add only one final run of their own in the sixth.

The win was a milestone of sorts for Hawk head coach Eric Evans. Now in his fifth year as skipper at W-G, the win drew Evans to .500 for the first time, at 62-62.

Race Brant was 3-for-4 for W-G, with Marcus McConahay 2-for-3, Brady Aunspach 2-for-5 and Alex Bodermann 2-for-3, with Tre Loge’s double the only extra-base hit for the guests.

McConahay scored three runs, with Brant, Aunspach and Loge each scoring twice. Logan Lande had three RBIs and McConanahy two, with Aunspach stealing three bases and Brant and Bodermann two apiece as the team made off with 11 total thefts.

Jackson Larson started and lasted 2-2/3 frames for W-G. He yielded four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. Ryan Renshaw earned the win while throwing 4-1/3 innings of relief. He allowed just one run (unearned) on two hits and four walks. Larson and Renshaw tallied four strikeouts apiece.

O.J. Altman had a single and a triple for the Knights, with Neiko Morris adding a single and a double, with Chase Fridley, Jayden Harms, Terrence Lewis and Anthony Valentine also recording base hits. Morris had two RBIs and Fridley one, with Lewis stealing three bases and Bailey Brinkmeyer one.

Altman scored twice for the Academy, with Harms, Lewis and Xeavier Carrick also crossing the dish.

Brinkmeyer started and went four innings in being handed the loss. He surrendered seven runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks. Harms allowed six runs (all unearned) on five hits and two walks while striking out two in three innings of relief.

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WOODWARD-GRANGER 13, WOODWARD ACADEMY 5

at Woodward, June 22

Team                      R  H  E

W-G   301 216 0 — 13 10 x

WA     022 001 0 —  5  8  x

W-G: Larson (2.2), Renshaw (4.1) and Pierce. WA: Brinkmeyer (4), Harms (3) and n/a. WP: Renshaw. LP: Brinkmeyer. 2B — W-G: Loge; WA: Morris. 3B — WA: Altman.

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