The impressive hot streak continued this past week as the Woodward-Granger Hawks (25-0, 16-0) baseball squad remained undefeated in their past five games.
It’s been a busy five days for the Hawks whose wins propelled the team four spots to fourth in Class 2A in the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings.
The Hawks latest win came last night against West Central Activities Conference (WCAC) foe the Madrid Tigers (1-13, 8-10) in a 9-0 affair.
At Madrid the Hawks opened up the game with a run in the first inning, another one in the third before putting the game away with five runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh.
Cole Theisen, Hawks starting pitcher, tossed 4.2 innings. He gave up three hits, and struck out four.
Sharing the pitching duties was teammate Matt Rhodes who threw the other 2.1 innings where he didn’t give up a single hit and struck out three.
At the plate, Hawks’ Spencer Hanson led everyone with a 3-for-4 performance, a run scored and a RBI.
Rhodes, Theisen and Hawks’ shortstop Reese Jamison each finished with two RBIs apiece. Marcus McConahay, Hawks second baseman, led the team in runs with three.
Over the weekend on June 24, the Hawks recorded their 24th win, their 15th at home, with a 5-1 victory over the Creston Panthers (9-15).
Hanson made the most of his start. In his 4.2 innings of work he kept the Panthers off balance. He gave up zero runs on four hits, walked one and fanned seven.
The starting pitcher also helped his cause with a 3-for-4 night at the plate with a single, a double a home run and 3-RBIs.
The day before on June 23, the Hawks made their way to Winterset where they tuned up the Huskies (10-11) for 13 runs while giving up only two runs.
It was an earlier 5-2 lead for the road team until the top of the fifth when the Hawks ultimately ended the home team’s night with a combined eight runs in the final three innings.
W-G’s starting pitcher Matt Buch picked up the win after only throwing 3.2 innings. He gave up two earned runs on five hits, walked three and recorded one strikeout.
Theisen made the most of his five plate appearances with four hits, a run scored and two RBIs. Rhodes led the team with five RBIs.
The first two wins of the week came on June 22, in a home doubleheader contest versus WCAC opponent the Wildcats (12-8, 10-6).
In game one Hawks’ starting pitcher Brandon Worley worked all five innings. He gave up just five runs (1 earned) on seven hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in the 15-5 win.
McConahay, Hanson, and Theisen combined for six of the team’s 12 hits. They each finished with two hits and tallied three of the Hawks’ 13 RBIs.
It was a much quicker outing for Theisen in game two where the team needed just four innings for the 20-3 victory.
Theisen needed to work 2.2 innings to earn the win. Fellow pitcher Jay Dorenkamp tossed the final 1.1 innings.
Rhodes and Jamison each finished their night perfect at the plate with a 4-for-4 performance. They both scored three runs while Jamison recorded five RBIs and Rhodes had four.