Hawks postseason journey stalls out in 2A regional quarters

WOODWARD – The South Hamilton softball team had its chances to pull off a postseason upset here last night, but one long inning cost the Hawks the opportunity to get within two games of the state tournament.

Trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Woodward-Granger responded with four runs to take the lead for good en route to a 5-4 victory in a Class 2A Region 6 quarterfinal.

South Hamilton (15-15) out hit Woodward-Granger (23-8) 6-4, but the host Hawks didn’t make a defensive miscue. They also got out of the seventh inning when South Hamilton loaded the bases.

“We stranded a lot of runners on base, but we put a lot of pressure on their defense,” South Hamilton head coach Laura Read said. “Overall I think (the players) should be very proud of how much they improved and the growth we’ve shown throughout the season.”

Freshman Leandra Diersen touched W-G pitcher Dalaney Bice for a pair of singles – RBI base knocks in the second and fifth innings. The Lucas twins – Kayla and Kali – as well as Alyssa Hegland and Kayla Carlson all singled.

Ady Wintermote took the loss inside the pitcher’s circle. She worked six innings before handing the ball off to Diersen in the seventh.

Woodward-Granger advanced to Friday’s semifinal round in Conrad against 12th-ranked BCLUW.