GRANGER — The Woodward-Granger offense was in sleep mode for four innings Tuesday, but when it woke up it did so with purpose, as the Hawks scored 12 times in the fifth inning for a 13-2 win over Guthrie Center in a Class 1A District 12 Quarterfinal.
W-G (16-12) was set to face Earlham, a 2-0 winner over Adair-Casey in Granger Tuesday, in the D12 Semifinals July 18. The winner returns to Granger for the D12 Final Saturday at 7 p.m. with the Substate 6 Final scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Marshalltown.
Andrew McCune added to his school record for career home runs with his fourth of the season, a monstrous shot to deep left-center in the top of the first. He now has 10 career dingers; the senior also holds W-G marks for career RBIs (94) and runs (84) and ended the game tied for career hits with 119.
Guthrie Center (8-22) had fallen to W-G by scores of 15-0 and 8-0 in WCC play during the season but played determined ball for most of the game, with unearned runs in the third and fourth frames giving the home team in the game a 2-1 lead.
Falling behind on the scoreboard appeared to motivate the Hawks, who sent 16 batters to the plate in the top of the fifth.
Chris McConahay tossed 4-2/3 frames, but the win went to Tyler Wiedner, who recorded one out and threw just one pitch. The statistical anomaly lifted the latter to 8-1 on the season. McConahay yielded six hits and a walk while striking out four in dropping his ERA to a miniscule 0.79; Wiedner boasts a 0.78 ERA.
McConahay now holds the school mark for innings pitched in a season with 79-2/3. He is also the career stolen base leader at W-G with 55 thefts.
Jake Smiley had a triple and two singles for W-G, as did Mike Connor. McCune, Wiedner and Race Brant all had two hits apiece, with McConahay adding a single. Wiedner led the team with four RBIs while Connor drove in two runs.
In other action, the Hawks dropped an 8-2 decision to Montzuma in a non-conference game played at Principal Park July 11. Both teams played as many players as possible, with the Hawks managing to find at-bats for 19 players.
The Braves were on the board first with a run in the top of the third, with the Hawks tying the contest with a tally in the bottom of the fourth. Five runs in the fifth and two in the sixth put the game away for Montezuma, with W-G able to counter with just one run in the bottom of the seventh.
Chris McConahay had two base hits and Dylan Garland a double for W-G, with Jake Smiley, Race Brant, Andrew McCune, Tre Loge, Alex Bodermann and Cole Moran adding singles. McConahay drove in a run and stole a base, with Brant and McCune also swiping bags. McCune and Garland each scored once for the Hawks.
Seven players toed the rubber for W-G. McConahay went two innings and Garland, Hunter Krichel, Teig Loge and Austin Ober an inning apiece, with Smiley on the hill for two outs and Brady Aunspach for one out.
Aunspach was assessed the loss after allowing four runs on two hits and a walk. Ober yielded two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk, with Smiley charged with an unearned run while Loge allowed a hit and was also charged with an unearned run. McConahay struck out two and allowed one hit, with Garland surrendering a hit and a walk with one strikeout while Krichel yielded one hit.
Dillon Wilhelm had three hits and three RBIs to pace the Braves at the plate, with Tyler Swenson adding two hits and Bryan Gregson a double. Montezuma finished the game with nine stolen bases, with Zach Gibson swiping three bags and Swenson two.
Swenson tossed six innings in collecting the win. He allowed one run on seven hits while striking out seven. Mitch Gibson threw an inning of relief, allowing a run on two hits while striking out one.