After a 3-2 semifinal victory over defending Class 2A champion Archbishop Murphy on Saturday, Tumwater High School will play for its first state baseball title at 1 p.m. Sunday at Yakima’s County Stadium.
The Thunderbirds (18-7) will face 2A Evergreen Conference rival W.F. West, which defeated Clarkston, 8-2, in the other semifinal.
In four meetings this spring, W.F. West is 4-0 against Tumwater, including a 5-1 victory in the 2A District IV title game May 10.
Tumwater scored two runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for good against Archbishop Murphy, starting with Justin Graham scoring on a passed ball.
Tumwater’s Garrett Terrell, who pitched a four-hitter, got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the seventh.
With runners on second and third with two outs, Terrell ended the game by striking out pinch-hitter Ryan Dorney on three pitches. Five of Terrell’s 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 went ahead, 2-1, in the fourth.
“He was focused and didn’t let anything stop him,” Weeks said.
Weeks credited shortstop Anthony Correia and catcher Ian Sugrue, who caught Correia’s throw to the plate on a ground ball by Tyler Klaudt for the second out of the seventh before Terrell’s game-ending strikeout.
Terrell also had two of the T-Birds’ six hits, including a double. preps.theolympian.com