It was 1997 when the Demons first went to the State Tournament in softball, and it has been since then since they have been back.
Last night, Washington rewrote the history books as they punched their ticket to Ft. Dodge with a 4-1 victory over No. 8 North Scott.
The Demons started things off the same way they started the game with Davenport North, which was scoring in the top of the first with an RBI double of Kaitlin Buchholz, driving in Sammy Ellingson.
The game remained pretty quiet after that, with both teams having chances at scoring runners, but the pitchers doing a good job of shutting things down.
The Lancers struck next, after a lead off walk in the fourth, Lindsay Puls drove one into the outfield to score Anna Boffeli for the only run of the evening for North Scott.
The Demons responded quickly in the bottom of the fourth with a double by Joni Erwin, and then an inside the park home run by Stephanie Fishback.
Washington put up one more run in the fifth off a sacrifice RBI by Buchholz scoring Maddie Bohr and giving Buchholz her seventh RBI in two games.
Ashley Rausch faced 26 batters, had three strikeouts, two walks and only one run against her.
Head coach Angie Shrader said this game was a complete team effort.
“That was well deserved on the kids part, they played from beginning to end and really came out and played Demon softball and I am just so proud of them,” Shrader said. “It was an all around effort for the girls and they did an excellent job.”
The Demons will face No. 3 Carlisle on Tuesday at 3 P.M. in Ft. Dodge for the first game of the State Tournament.
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