TRURO — Mason Clarke was the hero of the night for Nodaway Valley as the Wolverines edged out Central Decatur 1-0 in a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel here Saturday in the opening round of Class 2A district play.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Nodaway Valley second baseman Casey Ladd smoked a ball down the left field line for what looked like was going to be a double.
But Ladd held up at first base for just a single. He would eventually take second base on a passed ball.
“Casey did a nice job there in the middle innings, he smoked one down the line,” Nodaway Valley head coach Dan Jameson said. “I thought he was going to get a double on it, but we didn’t and we ended up moving him over.”
After a strikeout made it two outs in the inning, Clarke stroked an 0-2 pitch down the left field line, scoring Ladd. Clarke took second base when the throw into the infield was mishandled.
“Mason Clarke came up with a big hit there to bring him (Ladd) on in,” Jameson said.
Nathan Andrews drew a walk, but the inning ended on a strikeout after Nodaway Valley scored the one run on two hits.
Those two hits were the only hits the Wolverines recorded in the game against Central Decatur’s Matt Marvin, who shined on the mound with 11 strikeouts and just three walks.
But, it was the Nodaway Valley duo of Jackson Lamb and Trevor Jameson who won the pitcher’s duel.
Lamb went five innings, giving up two hits with two strikeouts, two walks and one hit batsman. Jameson came on in relief to throw two innings with two hits, four strikeouts and one walk.
Lamb worked an efficient game, only reaching a three-ball count against three hitters. He also stranded runners at second and third in the top of the fifth inning before giving way to Jameson.
“Jackson’s kind of emerged this year,” Jameson said. “He’s just a freshman and he’s 5-0 right now. We brought him in late against I-35 in a game and that was his first varsity experience. He’s just built on it from there. He does a nice job of hitting his spots.”
Central Decatur put runners in scoring position in each of the final two innings, but both time Trevor Jameson worked his way out of the inning without allowing the game-tying run.
In the seventh inning, Noah Bishop led off the inning with a single up the middle and then worked his way over to third base with two outs. Jameson issued a walk to Bryson Durrow to put runners on the corners with two outs, but then struck out Joey Marcus looking to end the game.
“We had to make it interesting, that’s us,” coach Jameson said. “But he (Trevor) did a nice job. He put it in there when he had to and got the job done.”
Drew Legg recorded three of the four hits in the game for Central Decatur.
Nodaway Valley improved to 12-13 for the season and also avenged an 8-5 loss to the Cardinals earlier in the season. Central Decatur ends the season with a mark of 8-21.
“I thought the guys did a great job all the way around,” coach Jameson said. “I thought we made the plays that needed to be made and made a couple of really nice plays there. They just kept it all together and did a good job.”
Nodaway Valley advances to take on district top-seed West Central Valley at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“Well, I imagine we’ll probably see their number one, Bryce Kearns,” coach Jameson said. “He’s 120-plus strikeouts, very few walks. He’s going to be coming at us hard. We just have to be ready, get the bat on the ball, play defense and make it happen.”
Nodaway Valley 1, Central Decatur 0
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CD 000 000 0 — 0 4 3
NV 000 400 0 — 1 2 0
Matt Marvin 11K 3BB and Daniel Weir. Jackson Lamb 2K 2BB 1HBP, Trevor Jameson (6) 4K 1BB and Zach Eblen. W — Lamb. L — Marvin. S — Jameson. HR — none. 3B — none. 2B — none. RBI — NV: Mason Clarke 1. Multiple hitters — CD: Drew Legg 3.