The Washington Warriors defeated Bethel 5-0 to clinch the District 3A-4 championship last week.
Olivia Palumbo struck out nine batters in the win with a commanding performance.
“Olivia pitched it really well and we played some good defense behind her,” Washington head coach Tylor Lampkin said.
The Warrior defense played a clean, error-free game behind Palumbo and rode an early lead to victory.
Washington scored two runs in the first inning and three more in the second.
Emjay Lucas tripled in the first inning to get things started and knocked in Ava Salcedo.
Breanna Lindert tripled in the second inning and eventually scored.
Emersyn Massey and Shelbie Caveness also scored in the inning.
Julie Hoehner was 2-3 and had an RBI.
“It was one of our best games of the year,” Lampkin confirmed. “I was excited to pull out the win and keep the District title in Washington.”
The Warriors dropped a 10-0 decision against Newcastle on Friday.
The Warriors weren’t able to get the bats going and four errors in the game compounded the problem.
The Warriors devoted their full attention to the State playoffs while hosting Lexington and Blackwell in the Regional tournament.
Games began Wednesday afternoon.
“We’ve gotten some rest and have gotten away a little bit,” Lampkin said. “It’s been good because we’ve been able to refocus our mindset and be ready to go for Playoff softball.”
The Warriors are 19-12 this season.
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