A single run in the bottom of the first inning proved to be enough support for Woodward-Granger hurler Tyler Wiedner, who won a 1-0 pitcher’s duel with Des Moines Christian starter T. J. Sheeley in a WCC showdown Monday.
Race Brant got things going for the Hawks (11-10, 11-7) by reaching on a dropped third strike in the first frame. Brant stole second base and moved to third after a strikeout when Wiedner hit a two-out single.
Wiedner then deliberately got caught in a run-down, allowing Brant to race home on the delayed double steal with what would end up being the lone run of the game.
Andrew McCune had a single and a double and Alex Bodermann a base hit for W-G but that was all Sheeley would allow in his seven innings on the rubber. The Lion hurler finished with seven strikeouts.
Wiedner was even stingier, shutting down the DMC attack on eight strikeouts while allowing just two hits. He issued two walks and hit one batter in moving to 6-1 on the bump this season.
The Hawks were coming off a lopsided loss to Ogden, who blasted W-G, 14-1, in five innings last Friday.
Chris McConahay was ripped for 13 runs on eight hits and a walk, but numerous errors meant just two of the Bulldog runs against the senior were earned. He finished with two strikeouts in 2-2/3 innings, with Dylan Garland yielding one run on two hits while fanning one in 1-1/3 frames of relief.
Treston Hagen earned the win after limiting W-G to one run on just two hits — a Jake Smiley single and Wiedner RBI-single — and three walks. He recorded six strikeouts in the victory.
Cayce Good had two doubles and scored three times for Ogden, with Hagen adding a home run and four RBIs while Jared Adreon had a double and Wyatt Westberg and Cody Good two hits apiece. McCune scampered home on a wild pitch as W-G stunned second-ranked Van Meter, 6-5, in WCC play June 27.
W-G scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to snatch a 5-4 lead, only to see Van Meter tie the score with a tally in the top of the seventh. McCune reached on an error and stole second after an out, the second of the inning. He moved to third when Wiedner reached on an infield error, then sped across the plate with the winning run when Brandon Brittain uncorked a wild pitch.
Wiedner went the distance for the win, allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks while tallying four strikeouts.
Smiley had three hits and three RBIs, with Wiedner adding two hits, while McCune belted a solo home run, his third dinger of the season. Smiley also had two steals for the Hawks.
Brittain and Jake Chevalier both had two hits to lead the Bulldogs at the plate.
Cody Blackwell threw six innings, yielding five runs (one earned) on eight hits, and a walk. He struck out five batters.
Zach Prouty tossed one-third of an inning and was charged with an unearned run and the loss while Brittain had one strikeout in one-third of an inning.