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Woody's pitching sparks Wharton

Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 02:06 AM
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Wharton High baseball coach Scott Hoffman just shook his head when asked about his senior ace.

"Collin Woody is a competitor," Hoffman said. "It's kind of one of our jokes around here that he's an unsigned senior. He absolutely throws the heck out of the ball and colleges are really missing out."

Woody put up another solid effort Friday night, tossing a complete-game, five-hit shutout to beat district foe Plant 3-0. He mixed a solid breaking ball supported by some stellar defense to work his way out many jams, including bases-loaded spots in the fourth and seventh innings.

He seemed undaunted through it all, even recording three strikeouts in the final inning.

"I've been known to do that kind of thing in my past like walking the bases loaded," Woody said. "When (Hoffman) came out (in the seventh), I think he asked about dinner. I told him 'Steak 'n' Shake.' "

The Wildcats got all of their three hits in the first inning, highlighted by junior Tuck Neuhaus' triple that scored two runs. Neuhaus' hit was his second game-decider of the week; he led the Wildcats to a 2-1 win against Alonso on Tuesday with a walk-off home run.

And if the triple wasn't the highlight of the game, then it still belonged to Neuhaus on the field. The shortstop made a leaping snag on a liner and started Wharton's first-ever triple play.

"I'm known for having some ups," Neuhaus said. "That was a highlight, but I'd probably go with the walk-off (against Alonso) as being just a little bigger."

The Wildcats scored their final run in the third when a Plant throwing error allowed Alex Kranick to score from first.

Matt Sanders took the loss, pitching six innings, striking out five and allowing three hits and two earned runs.

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