Hawks come up on top in WCAC showdown

Cesar J. Toledo - Sports Correspondent

Woodward-Granger’s baseball team continued their assault on their West Central Activities Conference (WCAC) opponents with a 5-3 win over the Des Moines Christian Lions (12-8, 8-5).

On Tuesday night at Granger the Hawks (20-0, 13-0) ran into a little trouble trying to cage the Lions’ attempt to do what no other team so far this season has accomplished - win.

It was the first game in over a week the Hawks were battled tested. As per usual this season the Hawks took the early lead at 3-1 after an inning.

In the third and fourth innings the home team extended their shutout lead with two more runs and it proved to give the team some eventual breathing room.

Matt Rhodes, Hawks starting pitcher, had given up just the early run and then with some help from his defensive unit, pitched five scoreless.

In the top of the seventh, the Lions began to chip away at Rhodes’ pitch selection. Two runs later the Lions inched closer to the tie until the host shut it down.

Rhodes finished the game with a 105 pitch count. He gave up two earned runs on three hits, he walked three and struck out five.

As a team the Hawks went 6-for-19 at the plate, with Rhodes and first baseman Cole Theisen accounting for 2 RBIs each.

Currently the team sits a game behind Van Meter for first place in the WCAC and are ranked seventh in Class 2A.

The team is back in action this Thursday when they host a doubleheader against West Central Valley, Stuart. On Friday they travel to Winterset to take on the Huskies.