At one point this season the Woodward-Granger baseball team was struggling to win one-run games. No more.
Eighth-grader Brady Aunspach singled home Chris McConahay in the bottom of the 10th inning Monday as W-G rallied to top Panorama, 4-3, in WCC play. It was the third consecutive victory by a one-run margin for the Hawks (see below).
The Panthers had scored twice in the top of the seventh to force extra innings before the hosts rallied in the 10th frame. Andrew McCune was intentionally walked to load the bases and create a force at any base when Aunspach singled cleanly to left field on the first pitch he saw to plate McConahay for the win.
Jake Smiley had three hits in the win and Mike Connor had two, with McConahay and Alex Bodermann each stealing three bases and Smiley two as part of a 10-theft effort from the Hawks.
McConahay lifted his record to 4-4 with the win in 7 2/3 innings in relief of Dylan Garland. The former allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out 12. Garland had allowed one run on two hits and three walks in 2-1/3 frames. He struck out one in the no-decision.
WOODWARD-GRANGER 4, MADRID 3
A two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Woodward-Granger to a 4-3 win over rival Madrid on June 21. The win came one day after the Hawks had scored a 5-4 win over the Tigers in Madrid (see below).
Madrid scored three times in their first at-bat in Friday’s game, with the Hawks countering with two runs in the third before surging to the win in their final at-bat.
Race Brant started the winning rally with a single and a steal of second base. He scored when McCune followed with a base hit. McCune eventually swiped both second and third bases, but not before a pair of fly outs threatened to leave the score tied at 3-all.
However, Bodermann followed with a swinging bunt that proved fatal to the Tigers. The dribbler went only a few feet in front of the plate, with Madrid catcher Alex Schieltz pouncing on the ball. Rather than fire to first base for the third out, Schieltz tried to make a sweeping tag on McCune, who had broken for home on the play, but the Hawk senior was already too far down the line and scored easily to win the game.
McCune had three hits and Brant two in the win for W-G, with Garland, McConahay and Aunspach adding base hits.
Tyler Wiedner gained the win off the rubber. He went seven innings, allowing three runs (all of which were unearned) on five hits and a walk while notching six strikeouts.
Thursday, June 20
WOODWARD-GRANGER 5, MADRID 4
The Tigers trimmed a 5-1 deficit to a 5-4 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth but could not complete the comeback in falling to the Hawks June 20.
Aunspach and Bodermann each had two hits for W-G, with McCune and Wiedner adding doubles while Brant had a base hit. Brant, McCune, Garland, Bodermann and McConahay drove in one run apiece for the Hawks.
McConahay struck out three and walked one while allowing nine hits in picking up the win on the mound. He was charged with four runs, of which two were earned.
Gibson allowed five runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk in taking the loss. He recorded five RBIs in seven frames.
EARLHAM 7, WOODWARD-GRANGER 4
W-G saw a 4-3 lead turn into a 7-4 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning as Earlham rallied for a WCC victory June 19.
Garland threw 5-1/3 frames for W-G, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks. He was relieved by eighth-grader Aunspach, who yielded three runs (one earned) on two hits, two walks and a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning in being assessed the loss.
The Hawks had only four hits — two apiece from Smiley and McCune — but both McCune hits and one of Smiley’s went for two bases. McCune finished with three RBIs and McConahay with one, with Smiley scoring twice and McCune and Ben Krehbiel once each.