MADRID — Woodward-Granger moved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play Tuesday after using a four-run seventh inning to pull out a 9-6 win over host Madrid in WCC softball.
W-G held a 3-2 lead after three frames, then used single tallies in the fourth and fifth frames to open a 5-2 margin. Madrid (0-3, 0-1) cut their gap to 5-3 with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but a four-spot in the seventh from the guests moved the score to 9-3.
The Hawks needed the first two of those runs to assure victory as the Tigers fought back with three scores in their final at-bat to move their deficit to 9-6 before running out of outs.
Dalaney Bice threw 5.2 innings for W-G, yielding five runs (only one was earned) on four hits and six walks while striking out 11. She received the win, with Riley Jamison throwing 1.1 frames of one-run ball on two hits.
Bree Lesch was 2-for-3 with two walks, a RBI and two runs scored, while Meagan Bandstra was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs and Maggie Mallon 2-for-4 with a RBI for the Hawks.
Kaycee Major cranked a solo home run, walked twice and scored twice, with Bice walking twice while joining Jamison and Kayley Dresback in hitting singles. All three had RBIs, with base hits also provided by Miranda Aunspach and Kendra Husmann.
W-G was 2-1 in a three-game set Saturday at the Centerville Classic, with a time-limited 10-4 loss to Keokuk in five innings beginning the day.
The Hawks rallied from a 1-0 hole with four runs in the top of the third only to have the Chiefs plate nine runs in the bottom of the stanza.
Bice was touched for 10 runs (nine earned) on seven hits and seven walks in 4.1 innings in the ring. She finished with six strikeouts.
Bice was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs with Bandstra swatting two doubles while Husmann had a single and two RBIs. Carli Major and Mallon also had hits, with Bice, Bandstra, Jamison and Aunspach each scoring.
W-G bounced back with a 3-2 win over Cardinal that went the full seven innings.
Bice threw three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while fanning three. Jamison collected the win in four frames of scoreless relief. She walked one and struck out two while not allowing a hit.
Husmann and Mallon had doubles, with Aunspach and Bandstra adding hits. Jamison, Husmann and Kaycee Major each drove in a run to down the Comets.
An 11-1 five-inning win over Moulton-Udell capped the day for W-G, with a six-run first inning fueling the blowout.
Jamison went all five frames, surrendering a run, two hits and a walk while whiffing five.
Aunspach was 3-for-4 wth a double, Bandstra was 2-for-3, Husmann 2-for-4 with a double and Carli Major 2-for-3 with a double. Bandstra, Husmann and Major led the attack with two RBIs apiece.
“We are hitting the ball really well and our defense is light years ahead of where we were at this time last year,” Hawk head coach Noah Bean said. “Our pitchers are starting to limit their walks and are making the other team hit the ball on the ground. I am happy with our effort so far.”
W-G hosts Guthrie Center tonight in a game rescheduled from May 26. The Hawks visit Southeast Valley Thursday (game in Harcourt) and Bondurant-Farrar Friday. They will face Benton Community in the first game of the Belle Plaine tourney Saturday, with Williamsburg and the hosts Plainesmen on the other half of the bracket.
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