Hawks, Tigers split WCC set at Granger

Woodward-Granger's Michael Connor rips a single up the middle against Guthrie Center July 2.

GRANGER — Woodward-Granger won as the visitor and lost as the home team — both on their own diamond — as Guthrie Center dropped by for a WCC doubleheader Thursday.

The Hawks (15-9, 7-9) were the guests on the scoreboard in the opener and posted a 13-8 win. As the home team they fell to the Tigers (12-12, 9-9), who scored six unearned runs in the top of the sixth to claim a 6-4 victory despite recording only one hit in the game.

The Tigers had scored three times in the first frame of game one before seven Hawk runs in the top of the second — and one Tiger tally in the bottom of the inning — created a 7-4 W-G lead after two stanzas.

W-G plated a run in the fourth, five more in the fifth and another in the sixth to widen their edge to 13-4, with four Tiger runs in the bottom of the sixth not enough to make up the difference.

Ben Krehbiel and Dylan Garland were both 3-for-3 with three RBIs for W-G, with Michael Connor and Tre Loge both driving in two runs on two hits apiece to key the attack. Loge had two doubles and Krehbiel one, with Garland and Austin Scharlau both hitting triples.

Garland went 5-1/3 frames on the hill to earn the win. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits and five walks while striking out four.

Austin Ober tossed 1-2/3 innings of relief, yielding one hit and two walks while fanning one.

The Hawk had plated a first-inning run in the nightcap, which looked as if it might hold up as the score remained 1-0 through five innings.

However, Guthrie Center erupted for a six-run sixth, which a single Hawk run in their half of the sixth and two more in the seventh could not overcome.

Brady Aunspach had three hits and Connor and Loge two each to lead W-G. Both drove in a run, as did Krehbiel.

Aunspach threw 5-1/3 innings, surrendering three unearned runs on three walks while not allowing a hit. He struck out two in the loss.

Connor allowed three runs on a hit and three walks with one strikeout in an inning of work, with Ryan Renshaw walking one and striking out one in two-thirds of an inning.


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