The Woodward-Granger Hawks’ softball team (8-14, 4-5) has had a rough go of it lately finishing with four losses in their last five games.
Their most recent defeat came this past Monday on the road at Ogden where West Central Conference foe Bulldogs (14-6, 10-1) took both games of the doubleheader.
In the first game the Hawks opened up the contest with three early runs only to watch their lead become a two run deficit after the home team scored five in the bottom half.
Ogden extended their lead to 8-3 after the fourth inning. The Hawks added one run in the top of the fifth but that would be all they could muster as the Bulldogs took game one, 10-4.
A was a tighter affair early on in game two. The Hawks allowed just one run through four innings until the Bulldogs scored six runs in the fifth to close out the game 7-0.
The Hawks suffered a similar fate on June 17, against the Saydel Eagles (10-8) and Pekin Panthers (11-7) at W-G’s Phil Creese Classic in Woodward.
In their first game matchup versus Pekin, the Hawks were one inning away from recording the win but the Panthers’ three run seventh put an end to that as the host fell 6-4.
It wasn’t a close game against the Eagles who from the get go scored five runs in the first, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and closed out the game after six innings when they added another five runs for the 15-1 win.
The Hawks recorded a road victory on June 15, when they ousted WCAC rival the Panorama Panthers (3-12, 1-9), 13-10.
Riley Jamison, Hawks starting pitcher, earned her eighth win this season. She tossed all seven innings giving up seven earned runs on 12 hits, walking one and striking out four.
Behind the bats of Hawks catcher Maggi Mallon, who went 4-for-5, and Jamison, who went 3-for-5, the squad scored runs in five of the seven innings.
The Hawks scored one run in both the first and second inning and then added another three runs in the third before exploding for six runs in the fourth and a 11-7 lead.
They added two more runs in the fifth and held Panorama to just three runs in the final inning to keep them from tasting a possible comeback.