The Washington Demon softball team came back strongly last night, sweeping Fairfield in the double header.
Washington first won the opening game 12-4 after a 10 run third inning, but the second game started as a bit different.
Maddie Bohr got her first start of the year, facing Haley Grunwald who had yet to lose a game.
Both pitchers made quick work of the first two innings, but in the third Washington got on the board , and after a pickle situation that got Chayse Jaspering, Maddie Bohr came home to score off the bat of Stephanie Fishback to give the Demons the 1-0 lead.
In the fourth Fairfield lead off with a hit that would spark a two run inning, and a wild finish, as a deep ball to right center field by McKenna Ledger had Jaspering and Sammy Ellingson running into each other and the ball going all the way to the fence. The ball was thrown in, too late to prevent the run from scoring from first, but Ledger overran second base, and the Demons were right there to tag her out to end the inning down 2-1.
The Demons grabbed the tying run in the fourth on a passed ball, which led to the big innings for Washington. In the fifth Washington put up three runs after hits from Ellingson and Fishback, and a walk by Buchholz loaded the bases and Ashley Rausch hit two runners home. Washington would repeat another big inning in the sixth and put three more up going one batter short of going through the lineup, but making the final score of 8-2.
Bohr’s final line was seven innings pitched, and 29 batters faced, three hits, two runs, both earned, two walks and three strikeouts.
Head coach Angie Shrader said it was a better game, but there is still room for improvement.
“We’re still making some mistakes out in the field, [because] we’re rushing things, and just making some silly mistakes and like I told the girls after the game that this is still only our fourth game, that this is still game three and four so we have room for improvement for things we need to fix, and it is still early enough in the season that we can still fix those things,” Shrader said. “Our bats were better, they still need some improvement, they are not where they need to be or could be at this point, but two important wins for us, and it was just nice to come back and play Demon softball after last week against Highland and not playing Demon softball at all.”
Sammy Ellingson went 3-4 in the game with a run, Chayse Jaspering went 3-3 with a run and two stolen bases, and Ashley Rausch was 2-4 with three RBI’s.
Washington returns to action next week on Monday when they travel to Keokuk for a double header.
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