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In Game 4 of the World Series, Wood posted the longest hitless streak ever pitched by a Dodger in postseason play. and 0.87 ERA, led him to being named the sport's state 4 A player of the year. "He willed our team to so many wins," Bagwell recalls. "He had unbelievable 'teachability,' poise beyond his years and competitiveness off the charts. He refused to give in." Such determination has helped him in many ways, from persevering through the elbow injury and other physical issues to handling career challenges. The trials have tested a focus and drive Wood has had since he began T-ball at age 5, progressed to youth leagues at the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association and played AAU and travel ball with the South Panthers through high school. "He's one of the toughest human beings I know," says dad Richard. "He's always had tunnel vision, always had blinders on, because from an early age baseball was all he wanted to do. He had the ability from a young age to not let anything from the outside get in his way." His sister, Stephanie, two years younger and also a star athlete at Ardrey Kell, rolled up honors in softball, including conference player of the year and all-state. But she elected not to go further. "Once you get to college, they own you from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.," their BALLANTYNE SPRING 2018 41 Feature Photo courtesy of Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers Photo courtesy of the Wood family Wood began T-ball at age 5 and progressed to youth leagues at the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association.

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