Tumwater High School will play for its first state baseball title at 1 p.m. Sunday after its 3-2 semifinal victory over Archbishop Murphy, the defending state champions, Saturday evening at Yakimas County Stadium.
The Thunderbirds (18-7) face 2A Evergreen Conference rival W.F. West, which defeated Clarkston in its semifinal game, in the state title game at County Stadium. In four meetings this spring, W.F. West is 4-0 against Tumwater, including a 5-1 victory in the 2A District IV title May 10.
Tumwater pitcher Garrett Terrell pitched a complete game, four-hitter, striking out six and got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the seventh. With runners on second and third and two out, Terrell struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Dorney on three pitches to end the game. Five of Terrells six strikeouts were looking.
Tumwater coach Jamie Weeks said Terrell, who had a no-hitter through four innings, got his composure back and was solid the final three innings after Archbishop Murphy took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Tumwater scored two runs in the fifth to take the lead for good.
He was focused and didnt let anything stop him, Weeks said.
Weeks credited shortstop Anthony Correia and catcher Ian Sugrue, who caught Correias throw to home plate on a ground ball hit by Archbishop Murphys Tyler Klaudt for the second out of the seventh before Terrells game-ending strikeout. Terrell also had a pair of hits, including a double, as part of the T-Birds six hits.