WARDEN — Warden High School baseball got off to a hot start and never look back in the first game of the South Central Athletic Conference district tournament against Cle Elum/Roslyn. The Cougars defeated the Warriors 10-0 in five innings to advance to the district semifinals.
3-3 in their last six games, Warden finished the regular season 14-6 (11-4), first place in the SCAC East. Head coach Travis Visker was pleased with the way his team performed in the first game of the postseason.
“I thought they played fairly well,” he said. “That was our biggest emphasis, put the ball in play, make plays, and throw strikes. And I think we accomplished all those things today.”
Warden gained a 7-0 lead after just two innings, scoring five runs in the bottom of the 2nd. The Cougars batted in seven runs in the game off 11 hits. Warden made the most of opportunities on base, with six different players recording a stolen base.
Senior Rodrigo Ozuna finished 2-4 in the leadoff spot, batting in two runs, with one run scored. Kaden Skone and Julian Egia each finished 2-3 on the afternoon. Skone punched in three RBIs and scored once, while Egia added an RBI.
On the mound, Wade Visker finished with 8 strikeouts, allowing just one hit for the Warriors. Visker also earned two runs from the plate.
Travis Visker said his pitcher’s performance on the afternoon was great.
“I wanted him to challenge these guys and be around the strike zone and make them swing,” he said. “We have a pretty good defense behind him, and he went in there and ended up striking out a few more than I expected him to.”
Travis Visker said he’ll focus the team’s preparations on just getting reps in before the next game.
“Its a pretty simple game,” he said. “If you play everything right, then things can certainly go your way. I’m pretty proud of these guys. They’ve worked hard all season.”
The Cougars’ next district game will be at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 10, against Zillah.
Other Basin results
Royal baseball defeated La Salle 9-1 in its district opener. The Knights will play Kiona-Benton on May 10 at 4 p.m. Wahluke boys soccer beat Connell 4-1 to clinch a state tournament berth and a spot in the district championship game May 9 at Naches High School against Royal. The Knights beat Mabton 5-0.