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Wood, Weirich help Jays get past Willard, advance to quarterfinals

Jefferson City defeated Willard 6-3 in a Class 5 sectional baseball game. (KRCG 13 Photo/Tony Mullen)

Grant Wood is becoming a broken record.

Literally.

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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