A night that had dedications and first pitches to open up the newly renovated Dick Sojka field gave good luck to the Demons in game one of a double header against Louisa Muscatine. The game started well for starting pitcher Colin Steele as he struck out the first batter, but after the Falcons battled through at bats, Steele reached over 20 pitches for the game in the first inning. The Falcons Kody Krenz gave up one hit in the first inning, but struck out two. The scoring started in the second for the Falcons as they put three across the plate after an RBI double by Blake Kemp and a two run error by the left fielder gave L-M the lead. The Demons helped their cause though as they scored 2 in the second also off of errors. After Steele had pitched around 60 pitches on the night, he only got better as it went on.
Steele put down the Falcons in short order on just six pitches in the third inning. Head coach Nathan Miller had this to say about Steele pitching.
“The first inning and their top of the second inning, we talked about we have a lot of game left and we need to turn our intensity into a different mode, a different gear,” Miller said. “I thought our guys did a great job of adjusting and adapting. It was a little but of a different pitcher [Tuesday] then we faced [Monday] those guys had a little bit more velocity [Monday], so it just took us a little bit to have some patience.
Steele’s pitching fueled the bats as well as after Austin Knupp reached on an error, the Falcons got two straight outs, but then it was a two our rally, as the errors and walks piled up on Krenz, and runs coming easy for the Demons until a big three run blast over the left field wall by Jared Henry put the Demons out of reach. The Demons put a couple more runs on the board in the third before Steele came back out and put three up and down in 9 pitches in the fourth and the same in 6 pitches in the fifth. The Demons scored two more runs in the fifth to end the game early and take the first game of th4e double header 13-3.
Miller said his was happy with how his team played.
The Falcons had eight errors in the game, while the Demons had three all in the first two innings. Washington plays Mediapolis Tomorrow.