By Bonta Hill
A day after squeaking out a win over Lincoln High School, Washington was looking to set the tempo early and avoid another nail-biter with their rivals from the Sunset District.
The Eagles accomplished that by jumping all over Lincoln, to cruise to a 10-0 victory and stay undefeated in Academic Athletic Association play at Big Rec on Thursday.
Washington (13-6-1, 10-0) broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five runs, highlighted by Javon Phillips two-run triple, that gave the Eagles an 8-0 lead.
Phillips also scored the tenth and final run for the Eagles, on Paul Duchene’s grounder in the sixth, ending the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.
“We set the tempo right away and we wanted to put pressure on [Lincoln],” said Washington head coach Rob Fung. “We were able to capitalize in the first inning, which is always good.”
Washington sophomore starting pitcher Chris Hau didn’t allow a hit through four innings, before settling on a two-hit shutout over six innings.
“I felt pretty good and you can relax on the mound when the offense puts runs on the board,” said Hau, who didn’t know of his potential no-hitter. “My fastball was working today.”
Hau struck out seven to pick up the complete-game win.
“It was tough. To come from having 14 hits yesterday and to have two today,” said Lincoln coach Eric Calloway. “I mean, we have to hit the ball to score some runs, and our defense didn’t help us. We just have to regroup, put this behind us and move forward.”
After Washington scored two runs early, Lincoln had a chance to get those runs back in the top of the second, as Hebert Moran was hit by a pitch, and Hasuan Zahir was safe on a fielder’s choice.
But Hau would get Dylan Mezowitz to pop out on his bunt attempt and would get Jeremiah Naraja to fly out to left to end the inning
That would be Lincoln’s only threat, as Hau allowed only one more Lincoln batter to reach second base the rest of the game.
“Chris is only a sophomore, and he’s been throwing the ball really well for us,” Fung. “He’s pitching well and getting ahead of guys, which is a huge deal.”
W – Alex Kozakiewicz double, Javon Phillips scores
W – Paul Duchene singles, Kozakiewicz scores
W -Dane Vande Guchte doubles to left, Wilson scores
W – Dane Vande guchte singles, Velasco scores
W – Phillips triples, Wilson and Vande Guchte score
W – Phillips and Kozakiewicz score on throwing error
W – Vande guchte scores on wild pitch
W – Paul Duchene reaches on a fielder’s choice, Phillips scores