The Demon baseball team hosted Durant on Saturday and took both games, after a big come back in the first game.
Washington had the lead 3-1 early in the game, but big bats by Durant turned the game into a 7-3 contest. The Demons cut the lead down to one going into the final inning where a little small ball and the speed of Colin Steele helped tie it up 7-7. The game went into the eighth inning where Jared Henry reached on base and was hit in off a walk-off single by Elijah Wood.
The Demons also won the second game 9-4.
Head coach Nathan Miller says it is not so much the Demons making changes to their game, as it is playing more consistent.
“It’s more of a consistency of play instead of the inconsistencies,” Miller said. “ I think there are two games in there that two innings costs us those two games, if could have some how played more consistent defense in those two games, instead of 11-8 we would be 13-6, which I think is a pretty good record for right now, we just haven’t had the consistency but now we’ve had it for three games in a row.”
Washington travels to Keokuk tonight. The Chiefs are 11-16 and split the last time they faced the Demons dropping the first game 12-7 and winning the second game 16-1.
They are hitting .334 as a team and the pitching staff has an ERA of 5.55 with opponents hitting .214. They also have 149 walks to just 113 strikeouts.
Miller said pitching strikes and routine plays will be the big key to tonight’s game against Keokuk.
“We just have to throw strikes, when we throw strikes we do well, when we walk guys, that is usually when our defense has struggled before, when we’re walking a bunch of guys or throwing a lot of balls,” Miller said. “The high pitch counts seems to be long innings, and that seems to be when our defense struggles as well, so the key is keeping the tempo up, throw strikes and just getting in the box ready to hit.”
The Demons and Chiefs play the conference doubleheader in Keokuk tonight.
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