After opening up the postseason with a 12-3 victory over Underwood in round two, the West Central Valley Wildcat baseball team seeks to inch closer to their first state tournament appearance in school history tomorrow.
Tomorrow the Wildcats will face off in the 2A district 15 championship game with the winner being granted the right to take on the district 16 champion for the right to head to Des Moines. Their opposition will be quite tough as the Wildcats take on the districts top team and returning state qualifier Tri-Center. The Trojans ended the regular season with a 20-4 record and currently sit ninth in class 2A in RBI’s with 203. The Trojans may not have the big home run count but can still hit for power with 60 doubles while leading all of class 2A in triples with 21.
Just a few of the Trojan players to watch out for for the Wildcats includes Tri-Center junior Kaleb Harrison who leads the team in batting with a .532 average and a team leading slugging percentage at .883. Wildcat pitching will have to be on their A game against a player with just 7 strikeouts all season. Harrison holds the team best for RBI’s with 39 and once he’s on the junior is a menace on the base paths with 15 successful stolen bases on the season. Another versatile player to watch out for is another Trojan junior in Jackson Nelson. Nelson holds some power with 13 doubles, 3 triples, and a team best 4 home runs. Nelson has totaled 25 RBI’s on the season.
The Wildcats will certainly look to recreate their nine hit, nine RBI performance against Underwood as they take on the District 15 Championship game tomorrow night in Neola with first pitch set for 7:00 pm.