Woodward-Granger softball slugs host Ogden in opener

Left fielder Kendra Husmann makes a catch as center fielder Bree Lesch comes to a stop while backing up the play in action from last June. Husmann was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs at Ogden Tuesday.

OGDEN — Senior Dalaney Bice wasted little time in having an immediate impact in her return to the Woodward-Granger lineup after missing her junior season with a knee injury.

Bice allowed two runs on five hits and two walks and went 4-for-4 at the dish with a double and a solo home run as the Hawks sailed to a 10-2 win in WCC softball Tuesday. She recorded five strikeouts in the ring to help secure the victory.

W-G plated four runs in the top of the first inning to get off to a fast start, then added single tallies in both the second and third frames to post a 6-0 lead. Two runs in fourth and another two in the sixth accounted for the Hawk scoring.

While the bats made plenty of noise, W-G head coach Noah Bean said it was the Hawk leather that helped make the difference.

“We played really good defense and came up with some shoestring catches in the infield that helped get us out of some jams,” he said. “I was very pleased to see how well we played in the field.”

The return of Bice has meant some position changes, with Maggi Mallon assuming the catching duties, with Meagan Bandstra moving to first base. Miranda Aunspach has moved from shortstop to second base, with Riley Jamison at short and Kaycee Major at third. The outfield remained steady, with Kendra Husmann in left, Bree Lesch in center and Carli Major in right.

Aunspach had a double and drove in three runs for W-G, with Lesch 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI while Husmann was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Hawk attack.

W-G will host Guthrie Center Thursday before playing in the Centerville Invitational, where the Hawks will face Keokuk, Cardinal and Moulton-Udell.

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