WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | A robust wind howling out of Senator Park on Monday suggested a high-scoring Porter County Conference championship.
Not on Tyler Frey's watch.
"I wasn't concerned too much," Frey said.
The Washington Township pitcher threw to contact, striking out just four, but limited South Central to four hits as the defending champion Senators rolled to a 9-1 victory.
"I figured it would take about 15 to win," Washington coach Randy Roberts said. "The first three innings, (Frye) was too pumped up. The last four, he was changing speeds, getting them out on their front foot."
Brett Walters' two-out RBI single for S.C. broke a scoreless tie in the third, but the Satellites' sole lead was short-lived. Washington answered with two in the fourth, going ahead on a Troy Kwiatkowski infield single that ricocheted off pitcher Adam Clindaniel. Corey Holderread doubled in two runs and scored on a Jake Goodan single in a five-run Washington fifth that chased Clindaniel. A pair of South Central errors aided the rally.
"At some point, you've got to flush the toilet, stop the bleeding," South Central coach Ryan Kruszka said. "I said it was going to be the team that made the least mistakes who won the game. It was going to take our best to beat them. I wish we'd have given them more of a game, but I'm glad we saw them before the sectional."
Washington (22-2-1) got three hits from leadoff man Tyler Byerly, who went 4-for-4 on Saturday. The senior shortstop was ineligible due to play in last year's tourney after having his transfer from Crown Point contested.
"I felt the attitude, winning (last year), but it was definitely different getting to play in the game," Byerly said. "I'm glad I could be a part of it. I'd been in a slump for a while, but I put more time and effort into my hitting and I was going up there a lot more confident."
South Central (14-8) didn't put a runner past second from the fourth inning on with the Washington outfield chasing down several hard-hit balls.
"I definitely needed the help I got from them," Frye said. "We've worked harder than anybody out here. We've progressed throughout the season. We deserved everything we got."
Goodan added three hits for Washington.
"I'm thrilled to death that we won it after beating Hanover, the best team in the conference," Roberts said. "I don't think too many people were picking the old Senators to do this. Everybody takes us for granted, I guess. That's OK. We like that way."