Brett Leshen and Hugen had two-out hits for Albia in the eighth, but no one was able to drive them home. Spencer Sherrick led off the Chariton eighth with a walk and was sacrificed to second before scoring on Woods’ single to left for the Chargers’ second-straight walk-off win.
Woods, who in one swing of the bat got a walk-off hit, a win for his team and a win for himself on the mound, talked about his role at the end of the game.
“I didn’t expect to keep Albia from scoring any runs for three innings,” Woods said. “The hit was really big for my team.”
“I’m proud of the unity of this team,” said Schroeder. “Getting these two wins, in this fashion, should be a big confidence booster for us.”
After being rained out of the Colfax-Mingo Tournament on Saturday, No. 9 (2A) Albia (3-3, 0-2) will try to make up the remainder of an SCC doubleheader at home with Centerville with action resuming in the fifth inning of game one. Chariton (4-3, 2-0) took on Davis County Monday in Bloomfield before it faced Knoxville today at noon in Des Moines, returning to Principal Park for the first time since playing in the Class 3A State Tournament last summer.
Chariton 2, No. 9 (2A) Albia 1 (9)
Albia 000 010 000 – 1 9 2
Char. 000 001 001 – 2 5 4
Albia battery – Sanders (8IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 8K, 3BB) and Brett Leshen (LP) (1/3IP, 0H, 1R, 1ER, 0K, 2BB), Blake Bayer catching.
2B – Sanders.
Hits – O’Leary 2-for-5, Brett Leshen 2-for-4, Hugen 2-for-4, Schofield 1-for-4, Sanders 1-for-4, Lenger 1-for-4.
RBI – Lenger.
Runs – Hunter Weldon.
Chariton battery – Palmer (8IP, 9H, 1R, 0ER, 5K, 1BB), and Aaron Cain (WP) (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB), Ethan Payton catching.
2B – Ritenour.
Hits – Kobey Riechmann 1-for-4, John Lazear 1-for-4, Braida 1-for-3, Ritenour 2-for-3.