W-G moves on after dismissing AC/GC

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Woodward-Granger's Alex Bice pitches in a game last season. Bice helped lead the Hawks to an 11-1 playoff win Wednesday.

GRANGER — Wet weather moved Tuesday’s playoff game between AC/GC and host Woodward-Granger to Wednesday, but the delay did little to dampen Hawk spirits.

The hosts were out of the gate early, scoring 4-1-2 runs in their first three at-bats to take a 7-1 lead after AC/GC (6-14) had plated a run in the top of the third. An eighth run of the game in the bottom of the fourth and then three runs in the fifth ended the game early in an 11-1, five-inning victory for W-G (18-4-1).

The win sets up a third meeting of the season Saturday with Panorama (11-3), who bested Southeast Valley, 9-0, in Wednesday’s first game at Granger. The two WCAC foes met twice this season, with W-G winning, 4-2, in Panora, and 1-0 in Granger.

The winner will move to Tuesday’s Substate 7 Final, the site of which is yet to be determined. All games will start at 7 p.m.

Alex Bice allowed an unearned run on one hit and two walks in three innings of work. He finished with three strikeouts. Cody Easter retired four batters on strikes in his two innings of relief.

Colby Tague smacked a double and two singles while driving in two runs, with Trevor Simmons adding a pair of RBIs with a single and a double. Pacey Moats, Worth Henry and Reese Jamison also had hits, with Jamison driving in three runs.

Bryce Littler started and threw four frames for AC/GC. He was touched for eight runs (one unearned) on five hits, four walks and three hit batsmen while tallying two strikeouts. Andrew Mahaffey yielded three runs on three walks and three hits while relieving in the fifth, but without recording an out.

Tegan Slaybaugh’s single was the lone hit for the guests.

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