The Washington Demon softball team kicks off the conference season tonight when they host Fairfield in a double header.
No. 5 Washington is coming of a tough 7-0 loss to Highland last week, and is looking to get things back on track against Fairfield.
The Demons are 1-1, and their leading hitter after two games is Sammy Ellingson who has a .571 average, followed by Addie Shive who has a .333 and leads the team in RBI’s with three.
Pitching wise, Ashley Rausch was the unfortunate pitcher who had seven runs against her at Highland, and only one of them earned. She still has a 1.40 ERA and eight strikeouts with five walks. Maddie Bohr will pitch one of the games as well, she has thrown three innings and struck out two with a zero ERA.
Fairfield, who made a hard push at the end of the season last year to be in the conference championship chase is 3-1. Marisa Repp is their leading hitter with a .455 average, followed by Madison Roberts and Kenady Waugh who are all over .400, and each have five RBI’s.
On the pitching side, Haley Grunwald has thrown 12 innings, has a zero ERA and two strikeouts, while Alli Deao is 1-1 with a 1.75 ERA, no walks and five strikeouts.
Head coach Angie Shrader said her team needs to swing the bat and get kids on base to be successful tonight, as opposed to last week.
“We need to get base runners, we need players to get on base so we can create things that we normally do, with Highland we struck out eight or nine times in the game and we just didn’t swing the bat, and that’s just not something that we typically do, we need to at least put the ball into play and force them to make the play or to make an error, and we’re a team that likes to run, and put pressure on people and we can’t do that with people not on base, so we need to find a way to get people on base whether it’s drawing a walk, getting hit by a ball, putting the ball in play whatever it is we need to find a way to get on base,” Shrader said.
Washington will play a double header tonight with game one starting at Washington at 5:30. You can hear game two of this double header right here on AM and FM KCII and KCIIradio.com under radio plus with pregame at 7, and first pitch at 7:30, the one to count on for today’s local sports coverage is AM and FM KCII and KCIIradio.com.