OGDEN — Perseverance — in more ways than one — paid off for the Woodward-Granger baseball team in their season opener Tuesday.
W-G starting pitcher Brady Aunspach allowed only two hits in seven innings, but issued 11 walks along the way. After surrendering a single tally in the first, the junior survived repeated jams of Bulldog runners on the base paths, in no small measure due to the 12 strikeouts he recorded.
The Hawk offense awoke in time to tie the game with a single tally in the top of the sixth, then snatched the victory with another run in their final at-bat.
Marcus McConahay had two singles for W-G, with Aunspach, Austin Scharlau, Jackson Larson and Reese Jamison adding base hits. Aunspach and Larson had RBIs, with the former stealing three bases. Matt Buch scored for the Hawks, as did Aunspach to aid his own cause.
W-G hosts Guthrie Center Thursday before visiting Southwest Valley (game in Corning) Friday. The Hawks will entertain Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Saturday, with the varsity to start at 3:30 p.m.
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