Senior Ashton Hartley stepped into the batters box looking for a specific pitch. It took him four pitches to find it. Woodward’s Kyle Jones left a fastball high and outside. Hartley was halfway to first base by the time the ball landed over the left-field fence.
“I was looking for an outside fastball,” Hartley said. “It was a little high and I was able to see it a little better. I just hopped on it.”
The two-run home run put the Bluejays up 9-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Guthrie would go on to cruise to an 11-1 win over the Woodward Bombers. In his last start at Squires Field, Hartley picked up the win on the mound, striking out seven batters in five innings of work, allowing only three hits and one earned run.
“When you come in on senior night, you just want to perform well one last time and to actually come out and put up good numbers, it feels great,” Hartley said.
The senior group was excellent at the plate over the course of the two games against Woodward. Brody Hinkle, Jackson Waddell, Bryce Robinson, Cole House, and Hartley combined to go 15-for-31 at the plate, with 14 RBIs and six walks.
In Guthrie’s 16-4 win over the Boomers in game two, Robinson finished a perfect four-for-four at the plate with two RBIs.
Guthrie’s sweep over Woodward came after the Bluejays swept rival Bishop McGuinness earlier this week on Monday The Bluejays beat McGuinness 13-3 and 9-3. Guthrie is now 13-14 on the year and 8-4 in district play. They finish in third place and will travel to (25-8, 11-3) Lawton MacArthur for the regional tournament. Despite their sub-.500 record, Guthrie feels like they are hitting their stride at the right time. They have won five out of their last six games and are averaging 11 runs per game in that span.
“We have a lot of momentum right now heading into regionals and that’s really important,” Hartley said. “We feel like we have a good chance if Nolan and I pitch well and we play solid defense. We feel like we can play with anybody.”