The Washington baseball team opens the Regional tournament today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. against the Meeker Bulldogs.
Joining them will be Perry and Kellyville, who play directly after the Warriors and Bulldogs finish.
“These teams are just like us,” Head Coach Jeff Kulbeth said. “They’ve all had some good wins and bad losses and games that were tighter than they should have been. When you get to this point it doesn’t matter what’s happened earlier in the season.”
Washington got a bye for the District tournament.
So with extra time on their hands, the Warriors played Harrah and Tuttle.
They were defeated 9-1 by Harrah and 8-7 by Tuttle.
Gabe Williams got the start on the mound for the Warriors in the Harrah game.
“Gabe had a really good outing for three and a third innings,” Kulbeth said.
The Warriors were down 2-1 when they entered the fourth inning. They gave up three runs in that inning and weren’t in the game after that.
They gave up four more runs in the fifth inning.
“Our focus and approach weren’t good,” Kulbeth said. “The good news is we saw a good arm and it was a preparation game (for the Regional tournament).”
Washington then played Tuttle on Saturday.
Washington took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
A five-run fourth inning put Washington in a hole.
But the Warriors clawed back into the game and scored one run in the fifth inning and two each in the sixth and seventh innings.
Devin Orr hit two homers, including a two-run shot in the sixth inning to get Washington within one run.
Washington had a fly out with the tying run on first base to end the game.
“Our focus was much better and we had a sense of urgency,” Kulbeth said. “I told the team in was a great fight against a good team like Tuttle and if that didn’t get them excited then not much will.”
Washington is 18-4 this season.