WESTVILLE | Washington Township emphatically won its fifth sectional title on Monday afternoon.
The Senators, who had come up short as sectional favorites the past two years, pounded out 15 hits and scored in every inning in their 20-2 victory over Kouts in the Class A Westville Sectional championship game.
The sectional title was the first for the Senators since 2007.
“They deserved it,” Washington Township coach Randy Roberts said. “They worked hard, and they had some goals. It mattered to them. It mattered a whole lot.”
Washington Township (21-8) jumped in front early with three runs in the top of the first.
Corey Holderread and Jake Goodan were both hit with pitches to open the game. They each moved up a base on a passed ball, and Holderread came in to score on a wild throw. Bryce Collins followed with a single to score Goodan. He later scored on a groundout to make it 3-0.
Three runs were more than enough for Goodan, who limited the Mustangs (9-14) one run and three hits in his four innings of work on the mound.
“It feels good to finally just get (a title), but we want more than this,” Goodan said.
Washington Township’s bats never stopped, as the Senators scored four runs in both the second and third innings, seven in the fourth and two more in the fifth. They outscored their opponents 31-3 in two sectional games.
“All you can do is hit it; sometimes it goes right to them, and sometimes it finds holes,” Roberts said. “We found a lot of holes.”
Collins, who moved back to Washington Township before his senior season after three years in Louisiana, led the Senators with four hits. He also scored three runs and drove in three.
“When I’m up at the plate, I’m going to give 100 percent every time,” Collins said.
Holderread had three hits, drove in three and scored four runs. The first four hitters in the Senator lineup combined to go 9-for-13 and scored 11 runs.
Jake Bekelya had two hits for Kouts.
Mustang starting pitcher Jake Everaert, who tossed a complete game in the first round against Covenant Christian, lasted just 1 2/3 innings.
“He was fatigued,” Kouts coach Matt Weston said of Everaert. “His fastball wasn’t moving like it was, and against a good hitting team, that’s going to hurt you. He gutted it out as best as he could.”