Thunderbirds one win away from state baseball tourney

Garrett Terrell tosses 1-hitter, strikes out 8 as Tumwater wins 7th in a row, 4-1 over Hockinson in district tournament

Contributing writerMay 8, 2013 

TUMWATER — Does confidence create a seven-game winning streak?

Or is it the other way around?

Either way, the Tumwater High School baseball team has both, and the Thunderbirds now find themselves one win away from advancing to the Class 2A state tournament for the first time since 2007.

Garrett Terrell gave up one hit while striking out eight, Anthony Correia hit a pair of doubles and the upstart Thunderbirds posted a 4-1 victory over visiting Hockinson in the opening round of the District IV baseball tournament Tuesday.

“I’m not going to lie,” Tumwater coach Jamie Weeks said. “This team is playing with a lot of confidence. A lot of that … had to do with Garrett being on the mound today.”

The T-Birds closed out the regular season with a rush, shaking off a 3-6 start, to secure the 2A Evergreen Conference’s No. 2 seed.

Tumwater will play Greater St. Helens League champion Mark Morris at 6 p.m. today in Chehalis, with the winner securing a spot in the state tournament as well as a place in the district title game.

Garrett retired the first six batters he faced and didn’t surrender a hit until giving up a single in the fourth.

The Hawks’ lone run came on a passed ball in the third.

“I was just trying to throw ground balls today,” Terrell said. “The strikes will come. I don’t worry about them too much.”

Justin Graham hit a leadoff

single in the first for Tumwater and later scored on a passed ball to grab a quick 1-0 lead for the T-Birds.

Graham was right back on first base in the third inning after being hit by a pitch. Correia followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs.

Both scored on an error — the third of four in the game for the Hawks.

Correia added his second double and scored on another passed ball in the fifth, pushing the Tumwater advantage to 4-1.

Terrell made sure it wasn’t needed, retiring the final nine batters he faced and striking out five out of the last 10.

“He’s a different player than he was at the start of the season,” Weeks said about Terrell. “It’s a combination of two things. He has confidence in himself now and in the players behind him. He doesn’t have to go out there and strike everyone out. He trusts his teammates.”

Tumwater also received two hits from Ian Sugrue.

“We’ve just bonded as a team the last couple of weeks,” Terrell said. “We came together for one common goal.”

Weeks quickly summed up the team’s target.

“Get to Yakima,” he said, referring to the location of the 2A state tournament. “We’ve talked about getting to state since before the season started.”

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