Woodward caps regular season with perfect game over Chariton

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Brandon Worley pitches during a game earlier this season. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

Nothing short of perfect.

Taking in one more regular season game before substate begins, Woodward-Granger (17-4-1) churned out a 13-0 win against the visiting Chariton Chargers (5-5) without allowing a single man on base.

The last time the Hawks had a perfect game came in 2010 by Ryan Shumaker against Van Meter.

There have been a number of close calls throughout the years including this season allowing just one hit to Ankeny Christian, and West Central Valley only got on base via an error. But Friday’s combination from the bullpen had all the answers to finally check off the rare milestone.

Brandon Worley received the start and in his two innings, struck out four batters before Caden Easter stepped in for the next couple frames. While Worley had half as many strikeouts as Easter, there was no time wasted retiring the sides in six straight outs as he threw just 18 times. Worth Henry stepped in for the final fifth inning, once again recording three consecutive outs.

While Chariton has hardly been a juggernaut this season, the Chargers have never been as lost at the plate as they were in Granger.

Chariton averaged nearly six runs per game all season and hadn’t been shutout once before Friday. Even against No. 9 Winterset in Class 3A, the Chargers pulled away with two runs. Even so, the shutout was only half the problem posed by the Hawks who scored at will.

After taking a 9-0 lead through two innings, Woodward did its best to get swings in for a majority of the varsity roster. Overall, 13 Hawks took in at least one plate appearance, good for seven total hits and 10 walks.

Putting in two hits and three runs, Reese Jamison finished the regular season with a .538 batting average to break the school record previously set by Joe Summers in 2006.

Of course, the other usual suspects put in their work as well — Colby Tague (2 runs, 2 RBI), Bryce Achenbach (2 runs, 3 walks), Worth Henry (1 run, 3 RBI), Pacey Moats (2 runs) — but even the extra hands got a piece of the score.

Christian Husmann has been primarily involved as a pinch runner but went to bat in place of Jamison in the fourth inning and logged his first hit of the season, driving in Collin Nardini for the first run of his career. Brody Nardini also logged his first-ever RBI moments earlier.

Next Up: ACGC or Manson-NW Webster (Substate 2nd round)

The Hawks would see ACGC for the third time this season if the Chargers win the opening round Saturday in Granger. Not much is known of Manson which holds a 2-4 record and hasn’t played since June 26.