Wood, Weirich help Jays get past Willard, advance to quarterfinals
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. —
Grant Wood is becoming a broken record.
There haven't been this many broken records since the protests of the Beatles in the 1960s.
After becoming the school's all-time career leader in both hits and doubles last week ---- and the senior added to those totals Tuesday --- he became the school's record holder for wins in a season.
And what a perfect time to do it.
Wood went 4 1/3 innings --- surviving a brutal start and a rough exit --- to pick up his 10th win as the Jefferson City Jays overcame an early 3-0 deficit to get past the Willard Tigers 6-3 in the Class 5 sectionals at Vivion Field.
This quest, this dream, of returning to the Final Four is just one more win away from reality.
"Willard's a great team and they've been here before," Jays coach Brian Ash said. "We were fortunate to beat them last year in the sectionals (5-2) and we're lucky to get out of here alive today. We're grateful for it.
"Now, we're looking forward to another opportunity against Kickapoo."
The top-ranked Jays (28-2) --- winners of 18 straight and ranked No. 26 in the nation by MaxPreps --- will host Kickapoo at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The unranked Chiefs (20-9) advanced with a 5-0 win over Webb City.
But the season for Jefferson City was in peril after the seventh-ranked Tigers (24-5) popped the Jays with three runs in the top of the first inning.
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