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Panthers use sacrifice and key hit to beat Demons

Posted: Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 8:13 am

The Washington Demon baseball was right there with Mount Pleasant in last night’s district final game, but it came down to a couple of key Panther at bats that was the difference. Playing in Mount Pleasant, the Demons were actually the home team by way of a coin toss that comes before all postseason games. There were a couple unusual calls. The first came in the top of the second, the Panthers had runners on the corners and Demon pitcher Kaleb Rich was called for a balk which brought in the first run. The second came in the bottom of the third, the Demons had Chris Wheeler at second with two outs and on a Josh Moore base hit to right Wheeler rounded third and Head Coach Nathan Miller was signaling for him to hold up and it looked like Miller grabbed Wheeler to hold him up and put him on third. The umpire in the field saw it and called Wheeler out which was the third out. Coach Miller afterwards said Wheeler was rounding third and in slowing up slid into him. Miller says the call had to be made even though he didn’t feel it had any bearing on the play. The key play of the night came in the top of the fourth, the Panthers had runners at first and second with one out, the nine hitter Alex O’Donnell laid down a sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third with two outs and lead off hitter Cody Vaughn came up with a base hit to score two runs. The Demons would get a run in the bottom of the fourth Kaleb Rich was hit by a pitch to lead off, his courtesy runner at third would score on an infield ground ball. The Demons had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the sixth but Cameron Engberg in relief for Henry Kreiger-Coble struck out two batters to get out of the jam. The Panthers won 4-1. Miller said he felt it was a well played game and like the way his team battled. He also praised the leadership of senior Kaleb Rich and said he hopes some of those qualities rub off on the younger guys. The Demons end the season 25-7. Mount Pleasant moves on to sub-state to face Knoxville who came back from 9-5 to beat Centerville 11-10.