Late heroics lift Hawks past Tigers

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Woodward-Granger eighth grader Reese Jamison goes through his throwing motion against Centerville June 4.

GRANGER — Jackson Larson’s two-run single with one out in the bottom of the seventh delivered a 6-5 win for Woodward-Granger over visiting Madrid in WCC baseball Monday.

W-G (13-7, 12-4) trailed, 5-4, when Marcus McConahay opened the bottom of the seventh with a walk. An infield error allowed Brady Aunspach to reach, with Cole Theisen moving the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice.

That set the stage for Larson, who had driven in a run with a base hit in the first inning. His clean single into right field plated both runners and gave the Hawks a season-split with the Tigers (13-11, 11-7) who were 9-0 winners in Madrid May 31.

Madrid scored a run in their first at-bat, but W-G countered when McConahay walked and Aunspach singled. Larson’s two-out single plated one run, with a two-run double from Reese Jamison giving the hosts a 3-1 lead.

The Tigers scored twice in the third and twice again in the fourth to grab a 5-3 lead, with a single Hawk run in the fourth trimming the gap to 5-4 and eventually leading to the walk-off base knock.

Eli Greufe tossed six innings of seven-hit ball and was charged with all six runs, of which one was unearned. He walked three. Wyatt Smith induced the Theisen out in the seventh before yielding Larson’s game-winner.

Sinjun Harshbarger was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, with Josh Henrikson scoring twice and stealing three bases to help lead the guests.

Theisen was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, with Larson 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Jamison was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Both McConahay and Aunspach scored twice, with Nick Brummond scoring on Theisen’s double in the fourth.

Jamison went six innings in a no-decision for the hosts. The eighth-grader surrendered five runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks while striking out five. Fellow eighth-grader Brandon Worley allowed one hit in tossing the seventh and collecting the win.

Worley is now 3-0 on the season with a 0.39 ERA in 18 innings of work. He was struck out 15 batters and walked just three while being nicked for a single earned run.

W-G will host WCC-leading Van Meter Thursday for a varsity doubleheader, with the first game to begin at 5 p.m.

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