The Demon baseball team punched their ticket to State with a 5-1 win last night over Williamsburg in the sub-state final game in Washington.
The Demons beat Fairfield and No. 2 Grinnell to get to this spot, while Williamsburg went through Keokuk and Mt. Pleasant.
Pitching was the key to the game in the match-up, as Jared Henry went out on the mound and worked magic, throwing three short order innings, and only giving up one run that was argued by head coach Nathan Miller.
The Demons got on top of Louis Cain quickly in the game, going through six batters and scoring one. Washington didn’t let up there putting three more up in the second, and then scattering one more run in the fifth to go up 5-0, before Williamsburg put their only run on the board.
Henry went 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts, two walks, six hits and one run earned.
Miller said he was excited for the boys who bought into the system and focused on the goal all year.
“We’re ecstatic, an outstanding effort, and not just in this game, but in the entire postseason,” Miller said. “Our kids have come to play every single day, and they wanted it more, and that is what it took. We’ve attacked the baseball, we did it tonight. Jared Henry gave us an tremendous outing tonight and Elijah Wood came in and did what we wanted him to do, to shut the door.
The Demons will play their first round game of the 2012 State baseball tournament in Des Moines on Tuesday against No. 1 Dallas Center Grimes.