Washington is hosting the Regional 3 softball tournament today (Thursday).
Purcell, Alva and Kellyville are paying a visit to the Warriors. The tournament actually began yesterday with Washington taking on Kellyville and Alva and Purcell playing in the second game.
“It’s the exciting time of the year,” Washington head coach Tylor Lampkin said. “And it’s a tough Regional.”
Lampkin said Kellyville is the wildcard of the grouping and he’s not exactly sure what to expect out of them.
“You look at their schedule and they’ve beaten some teams that make you think ‘Wow!’. Then they’ve lost to a couple teams and you’re like ‘What?’,” he said. “They’re a little unpredictable and that’s what makes them scary.”
The coach said Alva is a young team, anchored by a talented pitcher.
“Purcell is playing some good ball and coach Jones will have them ready to go,” he said.
Games begin today at 12:00 p.m.
The Warriors hosted Yukon Monday in what was essentially a tune-up game for the playoffs.
They won 7-1, using a combination of Olivia Palumbo and Maggie Place in the circle.
“The goal (was) three innings apiece,” Lampkin said. “Get some good at-bats in and see good pitching. Yukon has a couple good arms.”
Palumbo went three innings, not giving up any earned runs, and Place threw the final four innings. She struck out six batters.
The Warriors got on the board first, scoring two runs in each of the first and second innings.
Elly Allison was 2-4 with a double and an RBI. She also scored two runs.
Ellie Loveless was also 2-4 with an RBI.
Tinley Lucas went 2-2 with an RBI and she walked twice.
Washington, now 31-3, took a 11-0 win against Jones last Tuesday but dropped a 1-0 final against Lone Grove last Thursday.
“We didn’t hit well against Lone Grove,” Lampkin said. “That’s been our MO this season. We’re not hitting it like last year but we’re pitching it well and playing really good defense.”
Washington is indeed playing at a high level on defense. Out of 34 games this season they have pitched a shutout an incredible 19 times.
Additionally, they’ve only allowed one run in 8 games this year.
“We feel like if we can score a couple runs our defense is good enough to win us ball games,” Lampkin said.
Washington is 31-3 this season.
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