For the past week and six games, Woodward-Granger’s softball team (12-17, 7-5) has had their work cut out for them playing what one might see as back to back to back doubleheaders.
This past Saturday in Iowa City the Hawks competed in their final two games of the four-game tournament that began the day before.
The team suffered a loss in their final battle of the afternoon in a 10-4 contest versus fellow visitors the Carlisle Wildcats (18-11).
The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the first and never relinquished. They scored two more in the second another four in the third and their final two runs in the fourth.
Riley Jamison, Hawks’ starting pitcher, tossed six innings, giving up the 10 runs - six earned on 10 hits.
W-G’s shortstop Kaycee Major led the Hawks at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance. She scored a run and had an RBI.
Earlier that afternoon the Hawks recorded their only win of the tournament when they edged out the Tipton Tigers (1-26), 10-9.
Once again Jamison started and earned the victory after tossing 6.2 innings. She gave up just four earned runs, walked two and struck out one.
Major tallied another three hits in her four at bats. Teammates Bree Lesch, Alyssa Smeltzer, and Jamison each finished with two hits and a combined six RBIs.
It was a tough beginning to the tournament for the Hawks who lost both of their Friday matchups. One was against the Williamsburg Raiders (19-6) and the other versus the Fairfield Trojans (28-6).
The Raiders’ pitching held the Hawks scoreless while the offense opened up the game with a run in the first. They later added four in the third, one in the fourth and the final run in the fifth for the 7-0 win.
In their first game of the tournament, the Hawks fell to the Trojans by 20 runs in a 24-4 contest. The Trojans scored 13 runs in their first four innings before scoring 11 in the sixth.
The Hawks began these series of doubleheaders with two straight wins on June 22, against West Central Activities Conference (WCAC) foe the West Central Valley, Stuart Wildcats (4-19, 1-13).
At Woodward in game one the Hawks began with seven runs and increased their lead in the second by three and then two more after the third and final inning for the 12-0 win.
Jamison tossed all three innings where she gave up just one hit, and struck out two. She also went 1-for-3 at the plate.
As a team the Hawks tallied 10 hits (Maggi Mallon, Lesch and Smeltzer each had two) and had nine RBIs (Smeltzer - 4).
It was another double digit win in game two. The Hawks took the early 2-0 lead after three innings before pouring on a combined 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings. They closed out the game with two runs in the sixth for the 14-3 win.
In seven innings of work, Jamison gave up three hits, and struck out two with 62 pitches. She finished 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Hawks’ Kendra Husmann, Miranda Aunspach and Lesch were tied for most hits with three a piece. Aunspach led the squad with a 3-RBI night.