The Washington Warriors defeated Chandler 6-3 in the opening round of the State baseball tournament, but were beaten by Marlow 15-3 in the semifinals.
It marked the first time the Washington baseball team had made the State tournament in 12 years.
“What a fine ride and a great ride,” Head Coach Jeff Kulbeth said. “Hopefully we have the program so it’s not a one-time deal and it won’t take 12 years to get back!”
In the first game, the Warriors found themselves in a 3-0 hole after Chandler struck in the first inning.
But Washington came roaring back and hung five runs on the Lions in the third inning.
Carson Horinek got the inning started for the Warriors as they batted through their lineup.
Nick Andrews, Gabe Williams and Oliver Wilson all had RBIs in the game.
Washington, while holding Chandler scoreless the rest of the game, scored one more run in the sixth inning via Horinek.
Andrews got the start on the mound and threw a complete game with five recorded strikeouts.
“We played well Thursday,” Kulbeth said.
Washington’s season ended after their defeat to Marlow Friday.
“It was a tight baseball game and we made a couple mistakes,” Kulbeth said.
Washington took a 2-1 lead in the third inning when Brandon Reese crossed the plate.
But Marlow scored four runs in the fourth inning after a couple of Washington errors.
They scored six runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh.
Washington committed six errors in the game.
“I told them after the game don’t let this game define what we accomplished,” Kulbeth said. “This season spoke for itself. I told them when they look back they’ll be excited about the season we put together.”
Washington finished with a 22-5 record.
The Warriors graduate four seniors off the team, Jordan Kutz, Brandon Reese, Horinek and Harrison Keeler.
Reese was a four-year starter.
“They are a great group and leadership-wise they are through the roof,” Kulbeth said. “They bought in and went to work and did a great job leading the guys. We’ll miss their leadership.”
Brandon Reese was honored with the Coach V Memorial Scholarship.
The award is named after the late David Vallerand, who coached at Washington, and is voted on by Washington faculty as well as Reese’s teammates.
It’s the second year the award has been handed out.
Zach Tague was awarded the inaugural award and goes to the best teammate annually.