GRANGER — The 1-2 punch of eighth grade pitchers Reese Jamison and Brandon Worley produced positive results for the second consecutive Friday as Woodward-Granger topped Colfax-Mingo, 6-3, for a victory in their regular season finale.
Jamison (2-1) gave the Hawks six strong innings, yielding three runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out three in earning the win. Worley came on in the seventh and slammed the door for his third save, recording a strikeout in the process. The duo had combined July 1 for a win-save over CMB.
Worley has been nothing short of spectacular in short relief. He has surrendered one earned run in 22 innings for a miserly 0.32 ERA and has struck out 19 while issuing only three walks.
W-G (15-11) scored in their first at-bat, which began with a lead-off double down the line in left field from senior Race Brant. He scored one out later when Brady Aunspach singled for a 1-0 Hawk lead.
Colfax-Mingo (14-15) had sent just 10 men to the plate in the first three innings against Jamison but finally showed some life in the fourth. Jacob Buehrer was aboard on a fielder’s choice when he was sacrificed to second by Jarod Nichols, with Zarek Hill singling in the run. A walk to Jonathan Jacobs put two men aboard, but Jamison caught Adam Teed looking at strike three to limit the damage and keep the score knotted.
Marcus McConahay singled and Brady Aunspach walked to start at W-G rally in the bottom of the frame, with Jackson Larson’s base hit plating the go-ahead run. Jamison walked to load the bags, but Hill proved stingy and induced a pop-out before recording a strikeout to leave three Hawks on the bases.
Singles from Matt Buch and Brant started the W-G fifth. McConahay laid down a near-perfect bunt with two strikes, with Hill firing high to his second baseman, who was late covering first base. The errant throw allowed Buch to score easily, with the speedy Brant also racing all the way from first to cross the plate for a 4-1 lead.
A Jamison throwing error followed by an infield single from Buehrer put began the sixth for the guests. A Hill single and a ground out allowed the Tigerhawks to close to within 4-3, with a fly ball ending the rally.
Austin Scharlau reached on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the frame that forced out eighth-grader Bryce Achenbach — who had singled — at second base, but a Buch single and a walk to Brant loaded the bases. McConahay came through with a two-run single to give the hosts breathing room at 6-3.
An infield error but Jimmy Camp on first to begin the Colfax-Mingo seventh and chase Jamison for Worley. Alex Lewis bunted back to Worley, who opted to throw to Cole Theisen at first and accept the sacrifice out. Despite trailing by three runs, the C-M skipper played it aggressively and had Camp try to leg it to third base, but Theisen’s cross-diamond peg to Aunspach at third was both strong and accurate, resulting in a double play. Worley then turned out the lights by fanning the next batter, preserving the win.
W-G will play the winner of Monday’s game between Southeast Valley and the Woodward Academy at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Ogden, with the hosts playing the winner of the South Central Calhoun vs. Madrid contest in the nightcap in Class 2A District 14. The semifinal winners will meet, in Ogden, July 16 at 7 p.m.
District 13 includes Roland-Story and Des Moines Christian, both of which have first-round byes. The D13 and D14 winners will square off, in Boone, at 7 p.m. July 19 in the Substate 7 Final, with the victor earning a spot in the state tourney at Principal Park in Des Moines.