Woodward-Granger softball has competed in six different games since Thursday and the Hawks have shown increased talent in each one of them.
Starting on Thursday, June 21 the team traveled to Stuart to take on West Central Valley two times before the sun set on the first day of summer. The Hawks fell to WCV in the first game 6-4, but came out victorious with a 7-1 win in the second game.
Rian Jamison pitched four innings in the first game and was able to strikeout one batter. Jamison also had four earned runs and five base on balls. Ava Petersen took the mound for the other two innings, pitching one strikeout, no earned runs and one hit.
Emma Anderson, Chloe Houge, Natalie Weaver and Maddi Dante were each responsible for one of the runs scored in game one. Alissa Smeltzer and Weaver both contributed an RBI before the game was over.
Game two against West Central Valley Stuart saw Elly Polich take the mound all seven innings to pitch two strikeouts, one earned run and five hits.
Chloe Houge scored the game high of two runs for her team while Anderson, Weaver, Petersen, Danti and Bella Milosevich each scored a run of their own.
Houge and Kaycee Major were both able to hit an RBI while Weaver hit two and Alexis Bixler hit three.
Friday, June 22 the team was in Oxford for day one of an all-weekend tournament. The Hawks first went head-to-head with Clear Creek-Amana where the Hawks lost in the last inning 4-3.
Katelyn Bandstra, Anderson and Smeltzer each scored a run within the first two innings with one RBI coming from Houge and the other coming from Weaver.
Polich pitched this game with one strikeout, two earned runs and five bases on balls.
Saturday saw more than one game for the Hawks with day two of the tournament in Oxford. Woodward-Granger first took on West Branch and fell 2-1.
Kenzie Carrick scored the only run that game while Petersen pitched four innings and Jamison pitched the other two.
For game two on Saturday, the Hawks played Williamsburg and lost to the Raiders 12-0.
Anderson had the only hit in that game with Houge getting a base on balls. Polich pitched one strikeout, two bases on balls and 10 earned runs.
After a short break of games on Sunday, the ladies were back at home on Monday, June 25 to finish a postponed game as well as play another regular season game against Madrid. The made up game ended with a 7-2 Madrid victory. The late-starting second game ended up being postponed to Saturday, June 30 at home due to weather, but not before the Hawks got to honor their senior teammates.
Despite the pouring rain, Alexis Bixler and Kaycee Major were recognized by everyone in attendance in a senior feature where the two walked to home plate with family escorts. The features included recognizing the seniors’ time on the team and their favorite memories.
The Hawks are now 2-23 overall and will play at Gilbert on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. followed by a game at home versus Des Moines Christian at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.