Nolan Walker singled with one out in the bottom of the inning and Brady Like reached first on a slow roller to Kuppler at second. Kuppler tried to catch Walker at second, but his throw was late, giving the Freedom two runners with one out.
But Sullivan starter Brock Dowell induced a double play ground ball from Benock to end the threat.
Sullivan then struck with the three runs in the fourth on doubles from Braxton Yeryer, Butler and Haugher.
Washington tried to rally in the bottom of the inning on consecutive one-out singles from Tyler Edmiston, Bailey White and Brayden Walls. Bedwell fanned and Dowell retired Claridge on a fly to right to end what proved to be the Freedom’s last real chance.
Sullivan put the game away with the five-run fifth. That inning might have been deverted after Kuppler and Yeryer singled with one out. Claridge got Garner to hit a ground ball back to the box, but his throw to second to start the anticipated double play was low allowing Kuppler to score from second on the play.
Collins grounded to Bedwell for the second out to score Yeryer, but a walk, a hit batter and a single from Haugher that Like could not corrall ended Claridge’s night. Truelove went to Walls, and despite allowing a double to Harrison, Sullivan’s scoring for the inning ended.
Walls went the rest of the way, allowing one run, that coming in the eighth on two walks, a hit batter and a single.
Truelove faced a difficult pitching decision before the game started. He had planned to start Walls in Washington’s opening round 12-11 loss to Clinton Friday. But Walls could not play due to a technicality of paperwork.
That left Truelove with the age-old decision of starting Walls in Sunday’s game and losing him if Washington defeated Sullivan. The Freedom would not have had Walls on the hill in Sunday’s loser bracket nightcap against Clinton, who had dropped an earlier 2-1 decision to tournament favorite Terre Haute Wayne Newton.