The Washington Softball team will have to wait and see if they get a split of the conference title later this week after the No. 10 Demons split with No. 11 Keokuk last night.
The Demons gave up the first run in the first game in the first inning, but composed themselves and came out and got the lead off an RBI by Stephanie Fishback and Grace Redlinger.
Ashley Rausch was stone cold throughout the next four innings, as Keokuk had at least a runner on third in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, and there was just one out. Rausch struck out batters in the second and third to help her cause and got out of each inning without a run scored, including the fifth where Keokuk had the bases loaded with just one out.
The Demons finally made the Chiefs pay for not converting with Rausch helping her own cause with a two RBI double in the fifth.
Both teams went down in short order in the sixth, and the Demons put one more up in the seventh before a scary bottom of the seventh.
Rausch threw six straight balls, walking the lead off runner and hitting the second batter, a single into center loaded the bases with no outs. Rausch battled back to get a strikeout, but a sacrifice scored two, leaving one on with two outs. Rausch get Mollie Martin to pull the ball to Joni Erwin who made the easy throw over to first to end the game, and Washington came away with the 5-3 win in game one.
The second game was a different story as Keokuk beat the Demons 11-1.
Both teams are tied for second place with four conference losses, two behind Fairfield. Keokuk will have to sweep Fairfield in order for there to be a three-way shared conference title. If Keokuk splits, Fairfield will win the conference outright.
Washington plays Highland on Wednesday, and will host Mt. Pleasant for their senior night on Thursday.