It was about as dominating a performance as can be drawn up.
In three games in the State tournament Washington pitcher Maggie Place and the Warrior defense allowed zero runs and seven hits.
Place struck out 19 batters during the span.
Washington took run-rule wins over Comanche (10-0), Coalgate (12-0) and North Rock Creek (10-0) to win the tournament in unprecedented fashion.
“It was a pretty special three days,” said Washington head coach Tylor Lampkin. “I’m sure there have been good enough pitchers to shut teams out at State, but I’ve never heard of the run rules.”
The Washington bats came alive at State like they hadn’t at any point of the season.
Six of the nine Warrior starters batted over .500 for the tournament, according to Lampkin.
“The offense did such a good job of giving Maggie a comfortable lead,” he said. “She was able to attack the strike zone.”
Washington pounded the ball against North Rock Creek, accounting for 15 hits.
Place homered in the game and led the team with three RBIs.
“When you combine the pitching, hitting and defense you’re definitely going to be hard to stop,” Lampkin said. “It was collective of everything we were doing.”
The championship is Washington’s first since 2015 when Jace Brewer coached them to a Class 3A crown.
It’s Lampkin’s first title as a coach.
“I’m proud of these girls,” he said. “In the last two weeks they’ve taken ownership of the team and they really grew as a team.”
It was a sweet ending to the season after finishing as runners-up the previous three years.
Three up three down
In the Comanche game the only time the Indians scared Washington was in the first inning when they managed to get a couple base runners on.
But the Warriors dispatched them and got out of the inning.
Washington put up three runs in the first inning and cruised until a four-run fifth inning and a three-run sixth.
Tinley Lucas had a three RBI game.
Place had nine strikeouts.
Against Coalgate, Washington blew the doors off the game and hung a 10 spot in the first inning. They put up two more runs in the second inning.
Ellie Loveless went 2-3 with two runs scored and two ribbies.
Place, Isa Portillo and Skylar Wells all doubled and Portillo tripled.
As a team Washington had 13 hits.
In the championship game against North Rock Creek, Abby Wood went 3-4 and scored three runs.
Mikinzy Bost was 3-4 with three doubles.
The Warriors knocked the cover off the ball with 15 hits.
“The girls just made it fun,” Lampkin said. “They found a way to have fun and once we did that I wouldn’t have minded playing anyone in the state.”
The Warriors finshed the season with a 35-5 record.