It’s been a perfect start for the Woodward-Granger’s baseball team as they extended their winning streak to 14 after winning four straight this past week.
On June 9, the host Hawks (14-0, 7-0) froze the Polar Bears (2-12) of Des Moines North in their tracks with a 5-1 victory.
However because of a new pitch count rule that the Polar Bears’ pitcher exceeded the game will be recorded as a Hawks’ 7-0 win.
The “shutout” technically gave W-G their third this season that W-G shutout their opponent and the second time in less than a week.
Spencer Hanson, Hawks starting pitcher, earned the win. He threw five and one third innings where he allowed one unearned run on three hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. Matt Rhodes, W-G’s relief pitcher, worked the final two thirds inning.
The home team did all their damage in the bottom of the fifth with five runs. Five different Hawks’ players contributed a hit each.
The day before the Hawks and neighboring Woodward Academy Knights (0-13, 0-10) squared off at Granger for a scheduled doubleheader.
In the first game, the host Hawks put the game away early with four runs in the first and second innings and later they scored eight runs in the third inning to cap off a final 17-2 victory.
Game two had the Knights play host with almost the same results. The Hawks opened up the contest with three runs in the first, four in the second and another in the third.
The game was called early after the Hawks belted seven more runs in the fifth inning for a final score of 15-4.
Brady Aunspach, Hawks’ catcher, led the team with a 3-for-3 afternoon. He finished with two RBIs, three stolen bases and a double.
For the Hawks, Matt Buch got the starting nod. He threw all five innings, he gave up four unearned runs, on five hits, and struck out six.
At the time, the double header wins were victories 12 and 13. The Hawks’ 11th straight win came at home on June 6, against the Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center Chargers (5-8, 3-6).
W-G put the game away early when they began the contest with two runs in the first. It would be all they needed as the Chargers managed a lone run off three hits against Hawks starting pitcher Cole Theisen. Theisen tossed four innings, walking one and striking out three.
Unfortunately for the Chargers, the home team’s bats added five runs in the second, seven in the third and one in the fourth for the 15-1 win.
Once again Aunspach led everyone with three hits on four with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base.
Both Theisen and teammate Reese Jamison each finished with three RBIs on a combined 3-for-3 night.
The Hawks look to extend their winning streak on June 12, when they travel to Des Moines Christian to take on the Lions.