W-G lands five on All-WCC baseball lists

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Woodward-Granger's Race Brant is waved home by head coach Eric Evans in a game against Madrid last season.

GRANGER — The W-G hardballers had a quintet of players garner All-West Central Conference honors in recent voting.

Junior outfielder Race Brant was selected to the First Team, with senior catcher Michael Connor and sophomore infielder Brady Aunspach each named to the Second Team. Honorable Mention status was earned by infielders Tre Loge, a senior, and Marcus McConahary, a sophomore.

Brant was 43-of-94 (.457) this season with six doubles and 19 RBIs. He scored 32 runs and was 33-of-35 in stolen bases while producing high on-base (.514) and slugging (.521) percentages.

Connor missed the middle of the season with an ankle injury but was still highly-regarded enough to garner Second Team mention. Additionally, he was chosen to participate in the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-State game played Aug. 6-9 in Clinton.

He was 24-of-55 (.436) at the plate with six doubles, a triple and three home runs, numbers that produced a slugging percentage of .745. He had a team-best 26 RBIs and scored 10 runs.

Connor made two appearances and one start on the mound, pitching 7-2/3 innings and recording one save. He allowed seven runs (three earned) for an ERA of 2.74. He walked five batters, yielded two hits, hit one batter with a pitch and struck out 10.

Aunspach started six games on the mound and made three relief appearances to finish 2-5 with a save and a 3.13 ERA. In a team-high 44-2/3 innings he allowed 39 runs (20 earned) on 40 hits and 20 walks as opponents batted .183 against the sophomore. He hit nine batters with pitches and tallied 28 strikeouts.

At the plate Aunspach hit .414 (36-of-87) with five doubles and 23 RBIs. He scored 22 runs, swiped 21-of-23 bases and had an OBP of .474.

First baseman Loge batted .357 (30-of-84) with six doubles and two triples. He drove in 24 runs and scored 22.

McConahay was 29-of-80 (.363) in the batter’s box, tallying 20 RBIs and scoring 28 runs while hitting two doubles. He led the Hawks with five sacrifices and was 25-of-28 on attempted steals.

W-G finished 16-13 overall and 8-10 in WCC play for fifth-year head coach Eric Evans. The team was second in Class 2A in steals (178-of-193), trailing only Louisa-Muscatine (203-221).

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