Falling in heartbreaking fashion, the Washington baseball Blue Jays’ (8-11) season was ended on a game-winning hit by Eureka (9-12) in the first round of the Class 5 District 3 Tournament.
Eureka’s Jacob Wurtz’s bases loaded single delivered the Wildcats a 3-2 victory.
“We played a decent game and had many chances to score and just didn’t get it done,” said Washington Head Coach Scott Bray.
Washington led early, but wasn’t able to stay on top.
The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as Matt McGilvray doubled in Ben Straatmann.
Washington made it 2-0 when Jace Backs singled in Teddy Meyer in the third.
But Eureka began to claw back in the bottom of the frame, as Garrett Fain scored Michael Molengraft on an error by McGilvray.
The Wildcats tied the game in the fourth, as Molengraft drew a bases loaded walk to score Hunter Williams.
The Blue Jays’ best chance to regain the lead came in the seventh, as they had runners at first and second with two outs, but Washington couldn’t come through with a hit.
In the bottom of the frame, Eureka loaded the bases with no outs, then Wurtz ended it with a single to right field.
McGilvray started on the mound for Washington and went 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and five walks with six strikeouts.
Jace Backs took the loss, going 1.1 innings and giving up a run on three hits and a strikeout.
“McGilvray and Backs both threw well for us,” Bray said. “We hit it OK, just couldn’t get the big hit.”
Washington finished with seven hits in the contest.
Backs and McGilvray both had two hits. McGilvray had both a double and a triple.
Maguire Landwehr, Ben Straatmann and Teddy Meyer had the other hits.
Tommy Ruether walked twice. Backs and Ryan Lohrer also drew a free pass.
Landwehr was hit by two pitches.
Heine earned the win for the Wildcats, pitching the final two-thirds of an inning.
Kunkle started and went three innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Spears pitched 3.1 innings in relief, giving up two hits and three walks on three strikeouts.
Fain had two hits for Eureka, while Wurtz, Jacob Reinkemeyer and Jacob Schneider all had one.
Fain, Molengraft and Williams scored Eureka’s runs.
Molengraft, Fain and Wurtz had the RBIs.
Molengraft and Mason Jung both walked twice. Schneider, Williams, Mitchell Davis and Adam Fuqua all drew one free pass.
Tom Burke was hit by a pitch.
Fain stole a base.