4A STATE BASEBALL: Wold’s Blast Helps Basic Claim Second Straight State Title

By Damon Seiters
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Basic’s Jack Wold has come up with numerous big hits in his high school baseball career.

But nothing can top what he’s done in the first inning of state championship games.

For the second consecutive season, Wold homered in the bottom of the first, and the Wolves rolled to a 16-6, five-inning victory over Galena at Las Vegas High on Saturday for the Class 4A state title.

“I guess we could say that was our plan,” Basic coach Scott Baker joked about Wold’s homer. “That’s our senior guy, and that’s been him for the last three years. He always came up big.”

Wold came up with a runner on and one out and fell behind in the count. But he drilled a 1-and-2 pitch over the fence in right-center field to give Basic (29-7) an early spark.

“It’s funny, because I thought about last year, but I didn’t think it was going to happen again,” Wold said. “I got behind, had two strikes on me. I was just trying to get to the next man any way I could.

“I put a good swing on it and had a good result. But I was just trying to stay alive.”

The blow sparked a three-run first and gave Basic the early psychological edge. It also was the last time Galena pitched to Wold, as he was intentionally walked in his next three plate appearances…

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