HUNTINGBURG — Washington’s dream of a sectional championship came to a end at the hands of Luke Stetter and the Southridge Raiders 12-0 at League Stadium on Tuesday.
After stormy weather threatened the delay the Sectional 31 title game yet another night, Washington (12-17) and Southridge (20-4) were able to get the game in, but the post-season charm that had propelled the Hatchets past Mitchell and Vincennes Lincoln disappeared with the passing rain clouds. The Raiders struck early, reaching Hatchet starter and loser Jake Bedwell for a run in the first and two more in the third. Bedwell would eventually depart after surrendering three hits and two more runs in the fifth in favor of Michael Ramsey.
The Hatchets would threaten just twice against Stetter, the younger brother of former Major League pitcher Mitch Stetter.
Stetter finished with nine strikeouts while allowing just two hits and walking one in a complete game performance. In the process Stetter retired the final 11 Hatchets to step to the plate.
“Stetter was on, he got ahead in the count, I think after five innings he was at 57 pitches,” said Washington coach Steve Reed.
“We tried to work him, but he just kept throwing first pitch strikes, and he just had us eating out of his hand after that. You have to tip your hat to Stetter, he was a man on mission tonight.”
Washington got runners on base against Stetter in just two innings. Colten Garland singled and stole second with one out in the Hatchet first but was stranded there as Stetter began a string of eight straight Hatchets he would set down.
Washington reached Stetter for a pair of baseruners in the fourth as Austin Moody drew a one-out walk, followed by shot to leftfield for a single off the bat of Bedwell.
Moody and Bedwell then pulled of a double steal with Nick Gray at the plate. But Stetter rebounded, fanning Gray, then inducing Zach Scheid to ground back to the mound to end the scoring threat.