Urbandale pitcher Brad Watson survived a shaky start before leading the third ranked J-Hawks into the class 4A semifinals. After giving up two runs in the first and another in the second, Watson held Waterloo West scoreless the remainder of the game in a 6-3 win. Watson says he was having trouble finding the strike zone, but managed to calm himself down and started throwing strikes.
Helped by two Watson throwing errors, the Wahawks loaded the bases with nobody out in the second inning. But they managed to get one run and Urbandale took the lead for good on a two run single by Austin Duede in the top of the fourth. Urbandale coach Denny Barton says they were able to minimize the damage and didn’t get too far behind.
West coach Jeremy Langner was proud of the way his team play despite being decided underdogs. Langner says everyone knew about their 15-22 record, but his team came and played. He says Urbandale is a very good ballclub, and he’s happy his team was able to compete with them.
Urbandale improves to 35-8 on the season.