The Washington Warriors defeated Meeker 10-0 Monday, advancing to the State Baseball Tournament.
Behind the arms of Gabe Williams and Jordan Kutz, Washington took the win in shutout fashion while only giving up one hit and striking out 12 Meeker batters.
Kutz sat down eight batters in four innings of work.
“That’s what happens when you can throw a fastball 82-83 and then you have a breaking ball and changeup,” said Warrior Head Coach Jeff Kulbeth. “Gabe gave us a couple good innings early.”
The game went back and forth early on.
Washington had a chance to score a run in the first inning but couldn’t capitalize. They finally broke the 0-0 tie in the fourth inning when they blew it open with a six-run explosion.
“We finally relaxed and the lefty for Meeker couldn’t find the strike zone,” Kulbeth said. “We played really well.”
Kutz helped his own cause and went 3-3 from the plate in addition to a dominating performance on the mound.
“For a senior to play like that is always a little more special,” Kulbeth said.
Kutz also had four RBIs.
Brandon Reese had two ribbies while going 2-3 and crossing home plate twice himself.
The Warriors were actice on the bases and sported stlen bags by Nick Andrews, Devin Orr (2), Bobby Reese, Brandon Reese and Oliver Wilson.
Washington opened the Regional tournament with a 5-4 win over the Perry Maroons last Thursday.
“I thought we came out really tight,” Kulbeth said. “We made a couple errors that we don’t typically make but Jordan settled in and found his changeup.”
Perry scored one run in the first and two in the second before Washington answered with a three-run third which was started by a solo shot by Orr.
Perry added a run in the fourth and Washington answered in the fifth.
Williams hit a solo homer in the sixth inning to Washington the go-ahead run.
“Obviously you try to scratch and get a run here or there and we did that,” Kulbeth said. “After Gabes homer we went and played defense.”
Kulbeth gave his senior hurler the start to open the Regional tournament and he struck out five batters in six innings.
“He earned the chance to start that game,” Kulbeth said.
Meeker round one
With the opening win over Perry Washington went on to face Meeker for the first time of Regionals. Meeker had defeated Kellyville in their first game.
“Nick (Andrews) was absolutely in the driver’s seat and had a no hitter going through five innings,” Kulbeth said. “He ran into issues in the sixth inning. He lost focus a little and gave up a couple runs.”
Wilson came on in relief to get the final two outs.
“He threw a good pitch to their best hitter and gets a come-backer and got him out,” Kulbeth said.
Offensively, Orr had three RBIs and another home run.
Andrews also homered.
Washington plays Chandler at 4 p.m. today (Thursday) at Edmond Memorial.
Chandler’s record is 23-11 this season.
Washington sports a 21-4 record.
With the baseball team’s berth into the State tournament, it completes a perfect sweep for Washington athletics this season.
Every sports team, both boys and girls made the State tournament this season, including football, boys and girls basketball, fast and slow pitch softball, golf and the Warriors had multiple athletes make the State track meet.