The Washington Demon’s baseball team dropped a run filled game one last night to Iowa City Regina.
The Demons were down two in the first inning, but put up a big five run inning as they led off with a ground rule double by Tanner Knupp, a RBI double by Colin Steele, a two run shot by T.J. Rausch, followed by a Sacrifice RBI by Austin Knupp and another big blast that almost reached the Jr. High by Walker Breard that ended the big inning.
Washington gave up another run in the second but put up two more to make the score 7-3. The Momentum shifted though as Duncan Villhauer for the Regals closed out the bottom half of the inning by sending down the Demons in four batters.
Jared Henry for the Demon’s started finding his groove in the top of the fourth, but three costly errors loaded the bases, and a marathon of a half inning for Regina started.
With no extra base hits the Regals got nine across the plate. The Demons went through two pitching changes in the inning with Rausch coming in with the bases loaded, and Jake Redlinger coming in for the last batter of the inning.
Head Coach Nathan Miller had says the pitching was there, just not the guys behind him.
“They scored nine runs in the inning and we had five errors. If you put five errors with the three outs we actually got, they played with eight outs in that inning, and any time you give a team eight outs, it is going to be a big inning,” Miller said. “They were routine plays; we had multiple opportunities to get out of the inning and salvage the inning and possibly still have the lead. We had a chance to go basically one, two, three, we just made a few costly errors and we needed someone to step up and pretty much stop the wheels.”
The Demon’s grabbed one in the fourth and two in the fifth but were shut down by the new pitcher John Ries and dropped the game 17-10.
Regina scored in every inning but the last when Jacob Green sent them down in short order.
Rausch was one away from the cycle, as he was 4-5 with a two run home run, an RBI double and a couple of singles. Elijah Wood also had a good hitting night, going 3-4 with three singles and reaching on an error. The Demons had a total of seven errors in the game.
Miller says he thought Henry pitched a good game last night, but had some rough luck.
The Demons did lose game two as well 13-6. Miller says his pitchers walked the batters in the game which was the difference. Washington is now 3-3 overall and play Centerville next on Thursday.