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Aaron Young - The Perry Chief:  W-G's Dylan Garland pitches against Madrid on July 2.Buy Photo
Aaron Young - The Perry Chief: W-G's Dylan Garland pitches against Madrid on July 2.

After ending last week with a pair of victories on the road, the Woodward-Granger baseball team has lost three games in a row.

The Hawks defeated Panorama (July 2) 6-2 and Guthrie Center (July 3) 2-0.

Against Panorama, the Hawks trailed 2-1 after one inning played, but later tacked on two runs in the third and three in the fourth and would hold off the Panorama offense the rest of the game. Senior Mike Jacobson went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Four other Hawk batters each had one RBI apiece, which includes senior Jake Smiley (1-for-3), sophomore Race Brant (1-for-3), junior Mike Connor (1-for-2) and junior Alex Bodermann (0-for-4).

Sophomore Dylan Wiedner picked up the win on the mound, tossing a complete-game giving up two runs (earned) and scattered seven hits. His record improved to 2-0 on the year.

Against Guthrie Center, Bodermann and Smiley both threw gems in the team’s victory in a combined-shutout performance. Bodermann started the game, going 3.1 innings and struck out three batters and allowed three hits and Smiley finished the final 3.2 innings without giving up a hit and struck out 10 batters. Bodermann was credited with the win.

Freshman Brady Aunspach had the hot bat for the hawks, going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Connor (1-for-3) drove in the other Woodward-Granger run.

In a span of three home games, Woodward-Granger suffered back-to-back-to-back losses against Van Meter (July 7) and Des Moines Christian and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter in a doubleheader the next day.

Battling the No. 2 ranked team in Class 2-A, Van Meter defeated Woodward-Granger, 7-3. The Bulldogs led the Hawks 7-0 after the top of the fifth, but Woodward-Granger was able to put three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the scrappy firepower would go for naught.

Wiedner (2-1) was tabbed with the loss after three innings of work, allowing five runs (four earned) off six hits. Brant was the top hitter for the Hawks hitting leadoff, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles.

Woodward-Granger welcomed Des Moines Christian to town in the first game of the July 8 doubleheader, but the game would end early after five innings played as the Lions won, 14-1. An 11-run second inning sealed the deal for Des Moines Christian.

A few hours later, the Hawks faced Collins-Maxwell-Baxter, but took the loss as CMB defeated Woodward-Granger, 6-1, the Hawks’ third-straight loss.

Woodward-Granger finished the regular season Wednesday with a road game at Gilbert. The Hawks will begin Class 1-A District 14 play against Glidden-Ralston July 15 at 7 p.m. in Coon Rapids-Bayard. The winner of this game will face either Coon Rapids or the winner between Audobon/Adair-Casey July 17 at 7 p.m. in Coon Rapids-Bayard.

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