“It was a great overall team performance,” Schroeder said. “Eaves is great overall pitcher, and the way we came out hitting him is just amazing.”
Wright, meanwhile, didn’t allow Fort Madison (18-24) to get a rally together until the fifth. Most of that came to keep Bloodhound hitters from reaching base, which only came thanks to six walks, a hit batter and three hits in the sixth inning as Fort Madison tried to rally late from a 4-0 deficit.
Any other Bloodhound rallies, however, were stalled by Wright’s ability to pick off base runners. After picking off two Keokuk base runners in a five-hit shutout in his last postseason start, Wright picked off three more Fort Madison runners, including John Nagel twice and Mile Wentzein in the sixth to stall a two-run rally for the Bloodhounds.
“That last one really provided us with a big lift,” Wright said. “There was a hole starting to develop in the mound. That was starting to come into my mind and it might have been hurting me on the mound. Being able to get that extra out right there helped a lot.”
No. 7 Chariton will take a 35-5 overall record to Principal Park in Des Moines to play in the 3A State Baseball quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Chargers were still awaiting complete results from all the 3A substate baseball games around the state as the Courier went to press on Tuesday.
“I don’t panic with this team. They’re resilient. They’re going to find ways to win,” Schroeder said. “It doesn’t matter how you get there. All that matters is that you get there, and that’s our goal.”