Borden had a chance to make more history Tuesday at West Washington High School when it attempted to win its first regional championship in program history.
The host Senators wanted to make some of their own history.
West Washington won its second regional title in three years, defeating the Class A No. 4 Braves 3-0. In fact, it was the Senators’ second regional crown in their history.
West Washington (16-6) will face third-ranked Clay City (19-9) in the first semifinal of Saturday’s North Daviess Semistate.
Borden (18-4) didn’t have many answers for Senators’ starter Haylea Stephenson. The junior right-hander pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking one.
“She’s just a good little pitcher,” Braves’ coach Alex Knerr said. “She’s got some defensive speed. We just weren’t making the contact we needed to make.”
West Washington broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. With two out and runners at second and third base, Senators’ catcher Chelsea Thompson smacked a single left to knock in Tressa Bartholomew and Carrie Miller. On the same play, Thompson advanced to second on a fielding error in the outfield. However, Braves’ freshman starter Paige Schindler ended the inning by striking out Eden Tuttle.
West Washington went up three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Thompson collected a one-out double. Later in the inning, she moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a two-out error.
Borden had its chances as it left runners on second in three innings. The Braves started the top of the second with junior Kristen Nestor drawing a walk and freshman Taylor Streander collecting a single, but Stephenson proceeded to strike out three Borden batters in a row to end the inning.
In the top of the sixth with the Braves down 3-0, Schindler reached second on a two-base error with two out, but Borden freshman Haley Shouse concluded the inning by popping out to shortstop.
The Braves made one last scoring threat in the top of the seventh. Streander collected an opposite-field base hit to right with one out. After pinch-hitter Paige Weatherford popped out to short, right fielder Carrie Farvour hit a single to shallow left and moved up Streander to second. But the game ended when senior second baseman Shelbie Farvour popped up to third base.
“In the first couple of innings, we had a few runners on. When we weren’t doing what we normally do, I think we got a little bit down,” Knerr said.
Streander was the only multi-hit player for Borden, going 2-for-3. In a complete-game outing, Schindler allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits. She struck out 10, walked three and hit two batters as her record fell to 17-4.
“I think she did really well. I couldn’t be more proud of her throughout the whole year,” Knerr said.
The Braves say goodbye to three seniors in Weatherford, Shelbie Farvour and Caitlin McKinley. Knerr hopes her returning players learn from their first regional appearance and improve as a team in the future.
“I think this gives them a lot of experience because it’s another level,” Knerr said. “I think [Wednesday’s regional] is going to be something they look back on later and know they have a couple more years left. Maybe they’ll take charge [in the future] and see how far they can get.”
CLASS A REGIONAL
WEST WASHINGTON 3, BORDEN 0
Borden 000 000 0—0 3 2
W. Washington 002 010 x—3 5 2
W — Haylea Stephenson (13-4). L — Paige Schindler (17-4). 2B — Chelsea Thompson (W).
Records — Borden 18-4, West Washington 16-6.