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Bulldogs’ and Hawks’ teams battle in Van Meter

Clint Cole - DCN: Woodward-Granger's Annie Webb (right) makes the catch at first base to throw out the runner in W-G's win on Tuesday.Buy Photo
Clint Cole - DCN: Woodward-Granger's Annie Webb (right) makes the catch at first base to throw out the runner in W-G's win on Tuesday.
Clint Cole - DCN: Van Meter's Brandon Brittain (left) tags out Jake Smiley of Woodward-Granger (right) on a tolen base attempt on Tuesday in Van Meter.Buy Photo
Clint Cole - DCN: Van Meter's Brandon Brittain (left) tags out Jake Smiley of Woodward-Granger (right) on a tolen base attempt on Tuesday in Van Meter.
Clint Cole - DCN:  Van Meter's Colton Boswell (No. 25 in white) makes a pickoff move to first base on Tuesday in Van Meter.Buy Photo
Clint Cole - DCN: Van Meter's Colton Boswell (No. 25 in white) makes a pickoff move to first base on Tuesday in Van Meter.

Due to a game rained out earlier this year, the Van Meter softball team and the Woodward-Granger softball team played a double header against each other on Tuesday in Van Meter. Although both games were on the Bulldogs’ home field, the Hawks were considered the home team for the first game, since the game that was rained out was supposed to be in Woodward.

Both games were nearly identical, although the Hawks took different routes in each game to get the same result — two 11-0 wins over the Bulldogs.

In the first game, the teams were not as mismatched as the score indicated with the Hawks scoring eight runs in the first inning before slowing down a quite a bit for the rest of the game.

The Hawks extended their record to 15-7 with the wins in Van Meter while the Bulldogs fall to 8-13 on the season.

Baseball

The Van Meter baseball team and the Woodward-Granger baseball team only had to play one game on Tuesday, and this game favored the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs beat the Hawks by a score of 10-0 in five innings.

The game only lasted five innings, despite the score only being 2-0 going into the fifth. Five errors at third base helped the Bulldogs score eight runs in the bottom of the fifth and end the game early, winning their 19th game of the year and their 14th-straight.

“Everyone else sees we got 10-runned, but we played a lot better than that,” W-G coach Eric Evans said after the game. “We were right with them pitch for pitch. We take away five errors from third base, we’re right with them.”

The loss for the Hawks brings their record to an even 9-9 on the season.

VM coach Mike Kennedy said that conference wins are important, and the win against the Hawks gets them closer to their goal of winning a conference championship.

“Outside of that I think this is just proof that when we actually do things right, how good we can potentially be,” Kennedy said. “Defensively and pitching, we were really sound there tonight but didn’t have a great approach at the plate and made some mistakes in the base path so we still have room to improve.”

Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Hawks beat Woodward Academy 4-2 on Monday night, and before that they lost two games in Williamsburg on Saturday. They lost to Mt. Pleasant 11-1 and to Pella 12-2.

The Bulldogs recently beat Madrid 15-0, Bondurant-Farrar 9-2 and Albia 10-6.

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