After putting up four runs in the first inning, Washington concluded the regular season with a home victory Tuesday.
The Blue Jays (10-15) added one additional run in each of the second, third, fourth and sixth innings to win 8-4 against St. Clair (6-14-1) at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.
Both teams were careful to keep low pitch counts on the pitchers used in preparation for the start of district tournaments at the end of the week.
Jake Jinkerson got the win for Washington, starting and going three innings. He allowed no runs on two hits and two strikeouts.
Logan Gratza and Joe Hackmann threw two innings apiece for the Blue Jays.
Gratza allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Hackmann allowed two unearned runs on two hits with four strikeouts.
“(The) kids did good job all around,” Washington Head Coach Scott Bray said. “Jinkerson, Gratza and Hackmann all threw well. It was a very good senior day as a bunch of kids got into the game. Thanks to our parents of the seniors and (student council) for setting everything up. It was a lot of fun.”
Sam Oermann started for the Bulldogs and pitched just one inning, allowing four runs on three hits and four walks.
Wesley Hinson pitched three innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk.
Michael Hughes and Sam Brown pitched one inning apiece for St. Clair.
Hughes allowed one run on two hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
Brown sat down all three batters he faced on two fly outs and one ground out.
“Coming into the game we knew we would have to pitch by committee with districts coming up on Friday,” St. Clair Head Coach Mitch Lundy said. “Unfortunately we started down 4-0 after the first inning. Starting behind early is never a good thing. But we battled back and kept playing. We didn’t quit and I was proud of that. We could have just packed it in, but we competed the whole time.”
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the fourth inning and two in the sixth.
Washington put together 12 hits in the game.
Maguire Landwehr led the way with three hits and reached base in all four of his plate appearances. He singled three times and walked with one RBI and two runs scored.
Zach Harms, Austin Huddleston and Jake Jinkerson collected two hits apiece for the Blue Jays.
Kaden Bollmann had the only extra base hit for Washington, a double.
Tommy Ruether and Gratza each had one hit.
Jinkerson drove in two runs. Bollmann, Aleksandr Buechter, Gratza, Huddleston and Brock Laughlin all picked up one RBI.
Ruether, Harms, Huddleston, Jinkerson, Gratza and Joe Bauer each scored a run.
Harms stole a base and was hit by a pitch.
Ruether, Hackmann, Bollmann, Laughlin and Buechter each drew a walk.
Landen Roberts paced the St. Clair offense with three hits and two RBIs.
Mason Dodson picked up the Bulldogs’ only extra base hit, a double, and scored a run.
Hughes, Timmy Hoffman and Bailey Smith had one hit apiece.
Hughes, Hoffman and Clay Banderman each scored a run.
Brady Branscum drove in one run.
St. Clair begins its postseason Friday at Pacific in a first round game of the Class 4 District 3 Tournament against Union at 6:30 p.m.
Washington starts the Class 5 District 3 Tournament Saturday at Eureka in a first round game against Parkway South at 11 a.m.