GRANGER — Mitchell Nelson’s one-out single in the top of the seventh Thursday was the only hit Audubon would record in a non-conference contest with Woodward-Granger, but it proved to be enough to help the Wheelers cruise home with a 2-1 victory.
Audubon (19-11) scored the first run of the game in the top of the sixth when Micky Williamson and Elijah Zaiger each reached on errors. W-G reliever Austin Ober was on in relief of Jackson Larson and managed to limit the damage with three consecutive strikeouts.
W-G (14-11) answered in the bottom of the frame when Race Brant singled, stole second base and scored on a Cole Theisen double.
Ryver Knueven drew a walk from Ober to start the seventh, with Brandon Worley sent to the mound. A sacrifice moved Knueven to second, from where he scored on Nelson’s base hit. A fly out and ground out ended the rally, but the Hawks could not match the run in their final at-bat and suffered the loss.
Larson walked five and struck out one in three scoreless, hitless innings. Ober — who was handed the loss — allowed two runs (one earned) despite not allowing a hit, walking one and fanning five. Worley yielded one hit in one inning of work.
Brant, Marcus McConahay and Brad Aunspach had singles and Theisen a double for W-G.
W-G hosts Colfax-Mingo at 7 p.m. tonight in their regular season finale.
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