MUTUAL - The Woodward Middle School baseball teams tallied a pair of wins against Sharon-Mutual on Monday. The Black squad won 7-4 and the Gold team won 8-3.

“Both teams came out and hit the ball. I think they were relaxed and had fun today,” said coach Aaron Marlatt.

In the first game, the Boomer Black team came out scoring three runs in the top of the first inning.

“We were in a situation where the wind was blowing again and all the hits were short,” Marlatt said.

Sharon-Mutual cut the lead to one run in the bottom of the second with a pair of runs off Woodward starter Marshall Gadberry, who went the distance giving up four runs on four hits. He struck out six batters and walked six.

Woodward came back in the fourth with three more runs to go up by four, 6-2. The Boomers added another in the fifth to extend its lead. Sharon-Mutual plated a pair in the bottom of the seventh.

At the plate, Ryan Ford went one for three with a pair of runs scored, Gadberry was two for three and two runs scored. Austin Sanders stroked a double and Dustin Byers and Jamin Brown hit singles.

The nightcap had the Boomer Gold team completing the sweep with an 8-3 win. Starting pitcher Mason Semmel went the distance giving up three runs on three hits as he struck out three and walked six. Drake Smithton led the Gold team going three for three, all singles and scoring a pair of runs. Tanner Ward and Eric Luthi each collected a pair of hits and Casey Covalt, Jacob Gilreath and Semmel added singles.

The Boomers scored two runs in the first and third innings, one in the second and three in the fifth. Sharon-Mutual plated all three runs in the first for its only lead of the game, 3-2.

“We were swinging the sticks and scoring runs,” said Marlatt.

The Boomers will be in action on Thursday as they travel to Shattuck for a pair of games. The first game will begin at 4 p.m.

“We hope to go over there and get two more wins. If we play like we did today, I think we will get those wins,” Marlatt said. “Shattuck will be ready to play, but it will come down to whoever makes the fewest mistakes.”

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