Despite suffering a pair of losses last week and accumulating a current overall record of 22-10, the Woodward-Granger softball team was knocked out of the Class 2-A Top 15 rankings.
After sweeping the competition at the Westwood Tournament in Sloan, the Hawks hosted back-to-back games in Woodward against Earlham (July 1) and Des Moines Christian (July 2).
Against Earlham, the Hawks took a 2-0 lead after three innings played, but Earlham fired back to tie the game at 2-2 after five complete. Before too long, however, Earlham jumped out in front in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs in the frame. The Hawks were only able to answer with a run of their own, dropping the game 6-3.
Freshman Bree Lesch had the hot bat for the Hawks in the game, batting 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore Dalaney Bice took the loss from inside the circle, allowing six runs (three earned) with five strikeouts as well as walking five batters.
Trying to regroup the next day, the Hawks welcomed Des Moines Christian to town. The Lions opened the game with a 1-0 lead after one inning, but Woodward-Granger tied it up at 1-1 after two innings. The Hawks would later take the lead after the bottom of the sixth, up 2-1 and heading to a hopeful final inning, but Des Moines Christian managed to plate one more run and forced the game into extras after a scoreless bottom seventh frame.
The eighth inning would go scoreless, but the ninth went to the liking of the Lions as the Des Moines Christian offense scored two in the top of the inning and held the Hawks to take the loss, 4-2.
Having to go on the road their final two games of the regular season, Woodward-Granger faced Panorama and Guthrie Center in a doubleheader on July 3. The Hawks won over Panorama 7-1, thanks to the hitting from freshman Miranda Aunspach. Aunspach went 4-for-5 at the plate with two doubles and three runs scored.