Washington held two wins against Sullivan in the regular season, and Truelove was hoping his team could gain that tough third while holding Walls for the finale.
“We have good starting pitching, and I was hoping it would work out so that we would Brayden ready for the second game,” Truelove said. “Maybe I should have brought Brayden into the game earlier. I guess that’s on me, but we thought we had a good chance with our pitchers to save Brayden for the final game that would have gotten us into Monday. Things just didn’t work out the way we had hoped.”
Sunday night’s winner advanced to the first of two potential championship games on Monday against Newton, which had two tournament wins without a loss. The first game was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
Sunday’s games had been set for Saturday, but heavy rains made their way through Vigo and Sullivan County before Newton and Clinton could start the first of the three games.
Washington got on the board with a single run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Miller to score Walker. Washington scored the following inning as Trevor Resler grounded to first to bring Walls home from third.
Washington also placed two runners on base with two outs in the seventh against reliever Nolan Kinnert who entered the game in relief of Dowell to start the sixth on a walk to Benock and an error by Kuppler on a ground ball by Edmiston. But the potential rally died.
“We’re hoping to have a lot of our players back for next season,” Truelove said. “We’ve been trying to build the program the last two years (the Freedom was started last summer by Truelove), and I think we’re getting there. I love the guys we’ve had, and the guys coming back. They played hard, and that’s all you can ask.”
Sullivan 101 250 010 - 11 11 1
Washington 000 011 000 - 2 11 4
Brock Dowell,Nolan Kinnert (6) and Dylan Collins, Cam McNealy (8). Casey Miller, Trevor Claridge (3), Brayden Walls (5) and Gavin Bencok. W-Dowell. L-Miller. 2B: S, Braxton Yeryer, Tanner Butler, Jacob Haugher, Noble Harrison.
Washington and Sullivan each collect 11 hits, but Sullivan takes 11-2 win in American Legional Sectional at Terre Haute High School Sunday.