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July 25, 2013

Seventh-ranked Chargers pick up 3A state baseball berth

OTTUMWA – Less than 48 hours ago, they were down to their final strike.

Now, they’re on their way to Des Moines.

Seventh-ranked Chariton, who found themselves fighting to keep their baseball season going on Monday night in Centerville in the Class 3A, District 7 finals, is headed to the 3A State Baseball Tournament for the third time in program history. The Chargers parlayed a come-from-behind 10-inning win over the Big Reds to earn the district title late Monday night into a Substate 4 championship Wednesday in Ottumwa as Alex Wright made things uncomfortable at the plate for Fort Madison hitters, and even more uncomfortable for those that were fortunate enough to make on base.

“It’s something I work really hard on,” Wright said of his pick-off move. “It’s a big momentum boost, so you might as well go with it.”

Wright ran his record to 7-0 on the mound, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning while striking out six batters and picking off three base runners. It all helped Chariton’s early four-run rally hold up as the Chargers held off a late push by the Bloodhounds to earn a 4-2 victory at Legion Memorial Field.

“I’m just so proud of these guys,” Chariton head coach Jake Schroeder said while choking back tears on the field moments after the game. “Alex just pitched so good tonight, he put me at ease. I didn’t have too many worries.”

Wright helped put a charge into the Chariton faithful early on, completing a two-out first-inning rally with an RBI single to right center that brought in a pair of runs. The Chargers carried that momentum right over to the second inning, scoring two more runs on four more hits off Fort Madison’s ace senior pitcher Collin Eaves.

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