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Hawks’ offensive pop ignites for big win

GRANGER — The Hawks couldn’t be tamed June 16 against Guthrie Center.

Exploding for 15 runs, 13 hits and an inside-the-park home run, the Woodward-Granger baseball team would go on for the 15-2 win.

Working as a duo in catcher and pitcher, juniors Mike Connor and Alex Bodermann seemed almost untouchable on all cylinders. At the plate, the two were 3-for-4 each with Connor hitting two doubles and a triple and Bodermann with a double and two triples.

Making hard contact in every at-bat, Connor said he just thinks about staying relaxed when he’s in the batter’s box.

“When I try to hit it too hard, I struggle. So I just try to focus on relaxing and wait for my pitch,” Connor said.

Bodermann added how the game against Guthrie Center proved how hitting well can be contagious as a team.

“We feel like we have a solid team that can hit the ball, put it in play and make something happen,” Bodermann said.

Bodermann took the ball for the start against Guthrie Center, earning his second win of the season for a 2-0 record. The junior threw all four innings played in the game, and struck out five batters despite walking four.

He said when a runner gets on base, the first thing you have to do is get after the next batter.

“You don’t want to get in a hole that next better and the first pitch has to be a strike,” Bodermann said. “You just want to come out, get outs for your team and get back in the dugout.”

Woodward-Granger head baseball coach Eric Evans said the team has the mentality of winning the game every time out.

“If we get on the board early, it just sets the tone the rest of the way,” Evans said. “When we put up runs in the beginning, it just loosens the pressure off of everyone.”

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