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Logan Pady paces Cedar Rapids Jefferson past Washington

J-Hawk starter throws 6 scoreless innings

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Logan Pady knows his strengths and his limits.

The senior right-handed pitcher has accepted the fact he isn’t going to throw the ball by many batters. He also proved that isn’t needed for success.

Pady pitched six scoreless innings and the J-Hawks managed a pair of two-run frames for a 4-1 victory over host Cedar Rapids Washington in a Mississippi Valley Conference contest Monday night.

Pady scattered six hits, allowing just one run in the seventh and retiring the first eight batters he faced. Zach Grant closed the game with one inning of relief.

“I just do what I usually do,” said Pady, who earned his second win this season. “I throw strikes. I’m not a high (velocity) pitcher, so I’m going to have to hit my spots and depend on my defense.”

It was a solid rebound performance. Pady didn’t get out of the first inning in his last start, but provided a quality start for Jefferson (17-8, 12-5) here.

“He had confidence in himself,” Jefferson co-head coach Terry Schneekloth said. “This game, he comes out and pitches a gem. The kid goes into every game even-keel and is ready to roll every single time he steps on the mound.

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“Things were working. The ball was in the strike zone and we played good defense behind him.”

The J-Hawk defense didn’t commit an error and gave Pady some peace of mind when he worked out of bases-loaded jams. He ended a two-out rally in the third with a ground out and a pop out and strikeout thwarted a threat in the fifth.

“You can’t let it faze you,” Pady said. “I stop and take a breath every pitch. I know we’ll get through it. I believe we have the best defense in the state, so anything is possible.”

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Jefferson gave Pady run support in the second inning. Drake Frazier opened with a base hit and moved to third on a throwing error, allowing Grant to reach base and advance to second.

Frazier scored on a wild pitch and Grant came home on Pady’s RBI single, giving the J-Hawks a 2-0 lead.

The J-Hawks added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth, taking advantage of the Warriors’ third and final error. Jaxson Nevitt, running for Chase Keeney who led off with a single, and T.J. Kuennen scored on an errant throw on a ball off the bat of Sam Staley.

Frazier led the offensive attack with three of the J-Hawks’ five hits.

“I just look for fastballs,” Frazier said. “I fought off any off-speed because I knew those aren’t the best to hit for me. When he gave me a fastball I took advantage of it.”

Washington’s Nolan Cavanaugh had two hits and scored. Lincoln Riley had a hit and two walks for the Warriors (5-10, 11-6).

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Jefferson will host Washington for a single game Tuesday. Both teams are in the same Class 4A substate. These games will factor into seeding that will be determined Sunday.

“After seeing those come out, we were like we have to get this win,” Pady said. “The same goes for (Tuesday).”

Schneekloth downplayed the emphasis on the home-and-home series. He said he will sit down with Jefferson co-head coach Gordy Nordgren will hash out seeds at the end of the week.

“We don’t worry too much about that,” Schneekloth said. “After Saturday, Gordy and I will have a conversation about all of that.”

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