GRANGER — A trio of pitchers combined for a five-inning perfect game Friday as host Woodward-Granger blanked Chariton, 13-0. The win follows a clutch 1-0 WCAC victory over visiting Panorama Thursday.
Brandon Worley struck out four in the first two innings against the Chargers (5-6), with Caden Easter fanning two in the third and fourth frames. Worth Henry set the guests down in order in the fifth to preserve the shortened perfect-o. W-G pitchers needed just 58 total pitches to record the 15 consecutive outs.
The win went to Worley, who established a new school record with 21 career victories. Another school record was set when Reese Jamison finished his regular season batting .538, shattering the old W-G season record of .525 set by Joe Summers in 2006.
Jamison had two hits and scored three runs, with Henry driving in three. Christian Husmann, Colby Tague, Pacey Moats, Trevor Simmons, Jay Dorenkamp and Brody Nardini also had hits, with Simmons driving in two.
Dorenkamp and Panorama’s Dominic Walker engaged in a brilliant pitchers duel Thursday. The teams had met in game two, with W-G (17-4-1, 10-2-1) winning, 4-2, in Panora, with the Panthers (10-3, 7-3) again proving to a be a difficult test.
Walker yielded a single run on four hits. He hit one batter, issued one walk and struck out four in six innings.
Dorenkamp scattered seven hits and survived four walks while recording three strikeouts in his seven innings of work.
W-G finally broke through when Jamison walked to open the bottom of the sixth. Bryce Achenbach singled, with Jamison scoring on a Tague double. Walker then bore down and struck out the side to limit the damage.
Drama followed in the top of the seventh when Brice Taylor singled with two down. Walker doubled to left, with Pacey Moats hurrying the throw in to shortstop Jamison. Taylor was sent home, with Jamison’s peg to catcher Tate Lettow in time for the final out to be made at the plate, preserving the Hawk victory.
Luke South had three hits and Brice Taylor two, with Walker’s double also serving as highlights for the Panters.
Both teams have first-round byes in Class 2A District 14. Panorama will play the winner of SE Valley and South Central Calhoun Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in Granger, with host W-G playing at 7 p.m. against the winner of AC/GC vs. NW Webster.
The District Final will be played, in Granger, at 7 p.m. July 18. The Substate 7 Final is scheduled to July 21 at 7 p.m. at a site yet to be determined.