Washington opened play in the double elimination Class AAA, Region II, Section 1 softball tournament with an 8-2 win over Hampshire. The game was played on Washington’s home field on Monday evening.
The Patriots found themselves trailing 2-0 after a half-inning before using Hampshire mistakes to score three times in their half of the first.
Washington’s early-game lead went to 5-2 after just three innings as Patriot pitcher Devin Williams blanked the Trojans after the first.
In its half of the fourth, Washington was able to distance itself from Hampshire by scoring another three runs to improve its mushrooming lead to 8-2.
Patriot hits by Kaitlyn Woodward and Williams began the tidy Washington inning. Christina Collins singled to center with both Woodward and Williams scoring to make the Patriot lead, 7-2.
Amber Curry’s single plated Collins, making it 8-2.
Collins finished with three hits and two RBIs.
Williams was replaced on the mound after going the first six innings. She fanned five while moving her record to 9-3. Washington evened its record at 12-12 while the Trojans dipped to 8-17 overall.
The Patriots were credited with nine hits, which they combined with six Hampshire errors to provide pitcher Williams with an early working margin.
Washington’s win on Monday gave the Patriots Tuesday off — a day where Hampshire faced elimination in a game at Jefferson High. The Patriots return to action tonight and will be on the road either at Jefferson or at Hampshire.