Woodward-Granger lost three softball games to the weather in the past week but did manage to play four times, emerging victorious in three of those contests to push their record to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in WCAC action.
The Hawks were 2-1 in their annual trip to Pattee Park in Perry for the Paul and Mary Ann Graves Classic Saturday. W-G opened with a 4-3 win over IKM-Manning, following up with a 7-4 victory over Saydel before dropping an 11-4 non-conference decision to Van Meter. Those games came one day after the Hawks scored 17 runs on 20 hits for a 17-1 win in three innings at Panorama.
W-G jumped to a 4-0 lead over IKM-Manning and then held on as the Wolves fought back with three runs in the top of the fifth to close to within 4-3, but the guests on the scoreboard could come no closer as the Hawks collected the win.
Dalaney Bice (2-0) picked up the win in the ring after striking out seven in 4-2/3 innings. She allowed three runs (one earned) on just three hits while walking two. Emily Fuson picked up her fourth save of the season with 2-1/3 innings of relief in which the senior yielded one hit while striking out two.
Fuson hit a solo home run for W-G, with Julia Evans and Annie Webb each stroking a double, with Evans collecting two RBIs.
Courtney Monson hit a solo home run for the Wolves, with pinch-hitter Jessica Singsank hitting a two-run single.
W-G also jumped to an early lead against Saydel, scoring twice in the first inning and three times in the second. Saydel added a run in the bottom of the second to cut the W-G lead to 5-1, with the Eagles eventually closing to within 6-4 before a final Hawk tally in the seventh set the final score.
Bice and Evans each ripped home runs, with Bice adding adding a double and Alyssa Jack a double and single. Bice finished with three hits, with Evans, Jack, Fuson, and Alison Soelberg all recording two hits while Meagan Bandstra and Jordyn Achenbach tallied singles.
Achenbach earned the win in four frames on the rubber. She yielded three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out one, with Fuson allowing a run on a hit and a walk in three innings of relief, during which she fanned three batters.
Annika Hofbauer suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk while tallying four strikeouts. Lizzy Miklus had a triple to highlight the Saydel offensive effort.
Fuson was roughed up by Van Meter, who scored seven runs on 12 hits and a walk in 4-1/3 innings off the W-G starter, who recorded four strikeouts. Achenbach fared little better, surrendering four runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning.
The Hawks scored twice in the top of the first, but the Bulldogs answered with two runs of their own in the first before adding two tallies in the third and seven in the fifth. W-G scored twice in the top of the sixth, after which the game was called due to darkness.
Bandstra and Jack had two hits apiece for W-G, with Evans, Soelberg and Miranda Aunspach adding hits.
Van Meter received two doubles from Bailey Richards and Kendall Anderson, with Ana Angel and Hope Connor also providing two-base hits.
Anderson started and last one frame, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with one strikeout. Kila Carbine picked up the win in five innings of relief. She allowed two runs on two hits while striking out four.
Saturday’s action came after an easy win at Panora, in which Bice homered twice — including a grand slam — and Fuson once. Annie Webb, Bandstra and Jack had doubles, with Bice driving in seven runs, and Bandstra, Jack, Fuson and Webb two apiece while Evans had one RBI.
Fuson allowed four hits and a run while walking two and striking out three Panthers in three innings.
Taylor Hoffman, Emile Prince and Shelby Lane had singles for Panorama, with Hoffman scoring the lone run.