The Washington Warriors won their pool play at the Chisholm tournament last week but were defeated in the championship game.
Warrior Head Coach Jace Brewer said his team was a little up and down in the tournament.
“We played better the first night but didn’t compete at times,” he said. “Things went well for us at the plate.”
Washington defeated Bridge Creek 13-3 and Plainview 10-0 the first night.
The Warriors were defeated 6-4 by Cache on Friday.
“We played pathetic,” Brewer said. “It was one of the worst games I’ve seen here. We thought Cache would roll over for us.”
The Warriors bounced back and took the second game from Pauls Valley 8-3.
“We played better in that one,” he said.
After winning the pool play bracket Washington faced off against Tuttle, who they had beaten earlier in the week.
Tuttle came out on top in a 9-3 final and Brewer acknowledged they are a good team.
“Tuttle is really, really good,” he said.
Pitching has been the bright point for the Warriors so far in this young season.
“Pitching has been the strength so far,” Brewer said. “Katelyn Hicks has thrown well and the two freshmen, Ellie Loveless and Maggie Place have too. For what they need to do for us as freshmen they’ve done well.”
The rest of the defense has played fair to this point in the season, according to the coach.
“The defense has been okay so far,” he said. “They make mistakes and may have a half inning where we throw the ball all over the place or don’t get where we’re supposed to be, but for the most part we’re okay.”
Brewer said the offensive production has so far been about the same as the defense.
“We’ve swung the bat okay at times,” he said. “We’ve had hits but we’ve had hits in more meaningless situations than in meaningful at bats.”
Brewer said he has several players who are competing and playing well who are shaking up the batting order.
Mikinzy Bost, Hicks and Kinzie Schultz all received high praise from their coach and will occupy the top spots in the batting order.
“Mikinzy has done great at the plate and Kinzie Schultz has gone to the catcher spot and done really well,” Brewer said. “She’s a good option for us while we develop other catchers with freshman Tinley Lucas being our only other true catcher.”
Brewer said Isa Portillo has also played well so far this season.
Washington’s first game against Tuttle this week was the season opener.
The Warriors defeated the Tigers 10-9.
“It was a really good softball game until everyone started hitting, and then it got contagious,” he said.
In what was an otherwise tight ball game, Tuttle put up seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Washington came back in the top of the fifth and scored nine runs.
“We competed well in that game and I was happy to see it,” Brewer said. “We have lots of things to work on and I want to see us improve on the controllable things like effort and attitude.”
Washington is 4-2 on the season and played Dale Tuesday afternoon.
They play in the Davis-Sulphur Tournament this week and square off against Norman High School at 2:30 p.m. in Sulphur today (Thursday).