The win places Spalding back in first by itself with a 13-3 overall record and 11-2 in the region. The Jags have won five games in a row and will host these same War Eagles Friday at 6 p.m.
Sophomore infielder Casey Moody got the ball rolling for Spalding in the top of the first inning. Actually, Moody got the ball flying out of the park, smashing a two-run home run to give the Jags the early 2-0 lead.
Spalding then led 3-0 before Woodward Academy scored one run off Jags starting pitcher Dylan Griffin to make the score 3-1. The War Eagles then tied the game at 3 before the Jags managed to get one run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh, thanks to a 3-run home run by senior cathcer Pat Gasses for a 7-3 lead.
The War Eagles rallied in the bottom of the seventh, getting two batters on base with two out. The next Woodward batter hit a shot to deep center field, but Jags sophomore center fielder Michael Martin made a leaping catch over the wall to rob him of a 3-run homer, ending the contest at 7-3.
“It definitely was a ‘Web Gem’ like they have on ESPN. That was a great play and I’m proud of Mike and the guys for their effort today,” said Jags head coach Mickey Moody.
Martin also had an RBI double in the sixth inning for the Jags. Austin Hurt went 2-for-4 with a double for Spalding and Griffin went 2-for-3. Hurt relieved Griffin on the mound, pitching 3 innings for the win and Casey Moody pitched one inning for the save.