Unbeaten Trojans claim Tazwood crown

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

On Sept. 9, Washington Central traveled to Chillicothe to take on the Mustangs in a back-and-forth baseball game. 

Mason McCoy pitched five strong innings, striking out six Chillicothe batters, but left with a no decision. 

Cade Jackson got the win in the eighth inning in Central’s longest game of the year.

Jackson, McCoy and Tucker Harlan led the Trojans offensively with two hits apiece.

Jackson added another home run to his season total when he hit a deep bomb over the center-field fence after being down in the count 0-2. 

Tanner Smith had the game-winning single in the 8th to put Central up for good.

Germantown Hills visited Washington to take on the Trojans for the Tazwood Conference championship. 

Both teams came into the game undefeated in conference play.

Jackson was the starting pitcher for Central in the game and departed as the winner. 

He racked up seven strikeouts in only five innings of work. 

Coach Ryan Davis said, “Hands down this is the best game we have played all year. Everyone was working hard and with that, everyone was having a lot of fun.”

McCoy led the team with four hits, including two doubles. 

Coach Eric Joop added, “We executed in all stages of the game, and Cade did a great job of getting ahead of the Warrior batters and the bats were on fire.” 

Central won by the 10-run rule in 5 innings, 14-4, to solidifying an undefeated regular season.

The Trojans received a bye in the first round of Regional 7 play after receiving the No. 1 seed at the coach’s postseason seed meeting. 

The first opponent for Central was Fieldcrest, which defeated Midland to move on to the second round. 

The two teams clashed Saturday in Wenona, and McCoy was electric on the mound in his limited action. 

McCoy struck out six Knight batters in only three innings before handing the ball over to Tucker Harlan and Tanner Smith, who closed the door on the Knights’ season. 

Jackson hit yet another homer in the first inning, giving Central the lead that would not be relinquished. 

Joe Harper and Jackson led the team offensively, going 3-for-3 and 2-for-2 at the plate, respectively. 

In the regional championship game in Wenona, Central took on McNabb Putnam County. 

Jackson got the start for the Trojans in a tough game for Central. 

The Pumas took an early 2-0 lead against Central before Riley Woodward tied the game with a two-run triple. 

Putnam County regained the advantage again and kept it. 

The Trojans ended the year with a 7-3 loss to PC.  

“This has been a great season and a lot of fun,” said Davis.