The hits came in bunches as the Lady Jays picked up another home conference win Thursday.

Washington (3-2, 2-0) defeated Gateway Athletic Conference Central newcomer Timberland (2-3, 1-1), 5-3, behind 12 hits.

Timberland scored once in the first inning and Washington responded in kind in the home half. The score remained tied 1-1 until a three-run outburst in the bottom of fourth put Washington out in front.

The Lady Wolves got across one run in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Washington kept the game out of reach with an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.

Junior Ellie Quaethem notched the win with a complete-game effort in the circle. She allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

“Ellie pitched great,” Washington Head Coach Phil King said. “Sam Winistoerfer made some fantastic catches in left field. After a rough first inning, our defense settled down and made no more errors. Our team is playing as a unit, bunting and moving teammates on the bases which is putting pressure on the other team’s defense.”

Leadoff hitter Caitlyn Vodnansky paced the Washington offense, going 3-4 with a double, two singles, two runs scored and a run batted in.

Quaethem singled twice with a pair of RBIs.

Emma Vodnansky singled twice, walked twice and drove in a run.

Jessie Huxol and Jena Monehan each doubled. Monehan drove in a run.

Emma Piar-Shaw, Maddie Holtmeyer and Sarah Becszlko each singled.

Becszlko, Holtmeyer and Jenna Crider all scored a run.

Holtmeyer also drew a walk. Huxol was hit by a pitch.

Winistoerfer put down a sacrifice bunt.

Bailey Broemmer pitched the complete game for Timberland. She walked three and struck out four in six innings.

Zoe Schulte had two of the five Timberland hits in the contest, both singles, and scored twice.

Molly Spangler doubled.

Jamilynn Bagby singled and drove in a run.

Kelly Ferguson singled.

Ilencia Lightbody walked and scored.

Myah Olson stole a base.

Washington continues conference play on the road Tuesday at Ft. Zumwalt North at 4:15 p.m.

The Lady Jays host Borgia next Monday, Sept. 10, in the Rivals for a Reason charity game.