Meridian pitcher Tanner Tutterrow was supposed to be the Trojans' No. 1 pitcher this spring, but an arm injury kept him off the mound during the regular season.
Facing a must-win situation in the elimination round of the Class 1A District Tournament, Tutterrow earned his first start of the year and helped the Trojans continue their season with a strong performance during a 10-1 win over Mount Baker on Thursday, May 8, at Pipeline Fields in Blaine.
Tutterrow threw six innings of three-hit ball, struck out eight and only walked one batter.
"He set the tone for us," Meridian coach Steve Slesk said in a phone interview. "We played some good defense, and we were error-free, which is huge for us."
Meridian took a 1-0 lead in the first, and then blew the game open in the fourth with a six-run inning.
Trojans Josh Hosick, Kyle Linderman and Jamison Hodge combined for six of the club's 11 base hits.
Meridian (8-13) will play either Friday Harbor or South Whidbey at noon Saturday, May 10, at Pipeline Fields in Blaine.
MERIDIAN 10, MOUNT BAKER 1
Baker 000 010 0 - 1 4 3
Meridian 100 603 0 - 10 11 0
WP: Tanner Tutterrow (1-0). LP: Larson. Highlights: MB: Andrew Zender 1-3; Chad Cohn 1-3; Colton Zender 1-2, 2B; Schmidt 1-3; Mer: Josh Hosick 2-3, Kyle Linderman 2-3, Jamison Hodge 2-2, Tanner Tutterrow 1-2.