The quote “all good things must come to an end” held true last night as Woodward-Granger’s baseball team saw their streak come to an end.
On Tuesday the Hawks (25-1) suffered their first lost of their season against the visiting Greene County Rams (11-1). The Rams came away with an 8-0 win.
The Hawks not only had their 25-game winning streak snapped but obviously were shutout for the first time this season.
In this non-conference game the Rams took the early charge with two runs in the first and another in the second for the early 3-0 lead.
Brandon Worley, Hawks starting pitcher, worked just two innings where he gave up three runs (2 earned) on four hits.
In the fourth inning W-G’s relief pitcher Matt Buch did his best to keep the team from falling to behind. He allowed five runs (1 earned) with three walks.
A big part of the Rams’ scoring were unforced errors on the Hawks part according to Eric Evans, Hawks’ head coach.
“We had four uncharacteristic errors and that was the best pitcher [Rams’ Ben Wilkens] we’ve seen this year,” Evans said. “Mainly we just had an off night.”
Wilkens kept the Hawks’ bats silenced all night. He tossed the complete game, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out five.
As a team the Hawks tallied five hits on 26 at bats with a stolen base and a walk. Buch led the team with two hits.
Evans never wants to see his team lose but acknowledged that these types of situations occasionally rears its head and he wasn’t overly concerned with the result.
“No big deal everything we want to play for is still in front of us,” he said. “I told the boys that we’ve done something special. Not many teams win 25 games in a season let alone 25 in a row this may never happen to W-G again and they are part of a special team that has a lot going for them in the next two weeks.”
It’s a message he hoped his players took to heart.
On Thursday, the Hawks travel to Van Meter for a doubleheader match against the Class 2A 8th ranked Bulldogs to determine the next champions of the WCAC (West Central Activities Conference).
“I said shake it off, all we did was lose a baseball game and the streak ended today that’s it everything else is still in front of us,” Evans said. “In this game if you go three for 10 you’re doing well, so I like our chances.”