Wilson 15, H.D. Woodson 0
The hardest part, it seemed, was figuring out which fingers to put in the air as the Wilson baseball team gathered for its annual championship picture on the pitcher's mound. Unlike other teams that repeat as champions, or even those that win three titles in a row, there is no guidebook for teams that have won 13 consecutive league crowns.
As has been the case for much of its dominating run, Wilson battered yet another league opponent yesterday. Senior Nick Morison pitched a one-hitter, had three hits and drove in four runs to lead the Tigers to a 15-0 victory over H.D. Woodson in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game at Banneker High in Northwest.
Sophomore Joe Shapiro also drove in four runs and senior Raphael Turner, batting leadoff, scored four runs as Wilson (19-5) won its 83rd consecutive game against league opponents. It outscored its three postseason opponents by a combined 51-0. Unlike the rest of the season, the DCIAA does not have a 10-run mercy rule in its championship game, so Woodson (14-2) became just the second DCIAA team to go seven innings with the Tigers this season.
After Morison recorded the final out with a grounder to shortstop, Wilson's players simply walked off the field and lined up to shake hands with few signs that they had just added another piece of hardware for their trophy case.
"Thirteen consecutive titles, that's hard to get excited about," Turner said.
Yesterday's outcome was never in doubt. Wilson, whose seniors graduated earlier in the day, scored four runs without a hit in the first inning and Shapiro's two-run single made it 6-0 in the second. Four more runs in the third made it 11-0, allowing the Tigers to finally sit on their bench; earlier this season, upset with what he perceived as a lack of effort, Coach Eddie Saah instituted a rule that no one could sit down during a league game until the team had scored 10 runs.
Keeping focus "is the hardest thing, because the runs will come," Turner said.
Morison finished with 10 strikeouts and faced only one batter over the minimum as he picked off two runners and two others were thrown out trying to steal. Barry Scott Jr. had the Warriors' only hit, a double in the second inning.
"It comes down to pitching," Saah said. "With Morison and [sophomore Ian] Horkley, I think we've got the best 1-2 pitching in the league."