(Treynor) -- The KMA Sports Hall of Fame went to the baseball diamond and back 35 years for its latest announcement.
Former Treynor star pitcher Doug Woods led his Cardinals team to its only state baseball tournament victory and a spot in the championship game in 1983.
“A lot of great memories,” Woods told KMA Sports. “Certainly with Treynor making it to state this year, I’ve put a lot of thought into (that state tournament). It’s been a great journey back, and it was an incredibly fun summer.”
Woods’ impact on the mound has lasted through 35 seasons, as his 11 wins in 1983 still stand as the single-season record at tradition-rich Treynor.
“The biggest thing was that I just threw pretty hard,” Woods said of his success. “I’ve always told people I don’t think I was a very smart pitcher, but I did throw hard. I had a decent curveball, would drop down once in awhile and throw from the side. That was pretty much it. Bring it when you’ve got it.”
Treynor’s state tournament appearance in 1983 was the school’s first, and like many to this day, the journey is something Woods will always remember.
“The biggest game that stands out was our substate game at Denison,” Woods said. “We played Schaller, and we probably had no business winning that game. We were down three runs into the bottom of the 7th inning, chipped away, tied it up in the 7th and ended up winning in the 8th. That game really stands out.”
The Cardinals then went on to the four-team state tournament, where they grabbed the school’s only state victory over Keokuk Cardinal Stritch and then fell to Norway in the final. Woods started both games, which were played two days apart.
“On Saturday morning (before the championship), we were having our team breakfast,” Woods said. “We must not have had pitch limits then, so I told coach I could throw. I did pretty good the first inning – three up, three down. After that the wheels fell off, and it was 7-0 before I knew it.”
Woods, who will be inducted into the KMA Sports Hall of Fame at a later date, joins Glenwood’s Taylor Kaufman and Nishna Valley’s Mike Mercer in the baseball wing. To listen to his complete interview click here.
Previous announcements are linked below. Listen to KMA's Upon Further Review each day in August for a new Hall of Fame announcement.
Wednesday, August 1st - Dan Martinez, Red Oak (Coach)
Thursday, August 2nd - Ricky Williams, Riverside (Basketball)
Friday, August 3rd - 1989 Glenwood Wrestling (Team)
Monday, August 6th - Bill Blay, Griswold (Track & Field/Cross Country)
Tuesday, August 7th - Madison Frain Peterson, Creston (Softball)
Wednesday, August 8th - 2008 Lenox Football (Team)
Thursday, August 9th - Megan Winkelmann Ivusic, Nodaway Valley (Cross Country)
Friday, August 10th - Connie Shafar, Bedford (Basketball)
Monday, August 13th - Kadie Subbert, Stanton (Volleyball)
Tuesday, August 14th - Joyce Tiarks, Underwood (Coach)
Wednesday, August 15th - Tom Ramsey, Farragut (Coach)
Thursday, August 16th - Chaley Rath Hempel (Track & Field)
Friday, August 17th - 1999 Tarkio Girls Basketball (Team)
Monday, August 20th - Bob Weber, Hamburg (Coach)