The Washington Demon’s grabbed another win last night beating Highland at Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids.
Washington won 6-3 in the game, after being down for more than half of it.
The Huskies got on top quickly in the game, as Washington’s Blake Weidman made his first debut and had some location issues, walking the first two batters, and having the lead runner Derrick Stewart steal home to make the score 1-0. Washington came back with an answer with a drive right back up the middle from Tanner Knupp who made his way around and reached home to tie it at 1-1.
Highland came back quickly in the second inning putting two runs on the board after a play at first went as an error, and the ball rolled deep into right field score two. Highland would hold the lead until the fourth inning, as Josh Brase walked no runners and allowed just three runs and two earned in his four innings of work.
Highland’s scoring stopped in the third inning when Austin Witt came in in relief for Weidman and threw 3 2/3 innings with one hit, three walks and three strikeouts. While pitching, the Demon offense put one on the board in the third and the fourth to tie the game.
The stalemate held until the sixth inning when Washington rallied. Highland brought in Brian Garcia to pitch who got out of the fifth inning in four batters, but gave up three earned runs in the sixth, as Kyle Roder got the only walk of the game for Washington, Ezra Graber reached on an error and Tanner Knupp drove in Roder off of a base hit. Jacob Green hit into a 4-3 play, while Graber scored, and Walker Breard drove Knupp in for the three run rally.
Elijah Wood came in to close things out and did so striking out four in his 1 1/3 innings to close out the win.
Breard adds two more RBI’s to his season totals, while Tanner Knupp went 2-3 with two hits and two runs.
Highland scored all three runs off of just two hits and one error, but the Demon’s walked nine batters in the game. Demon head coach Nathan Miller talked after the game about the stat.
“Any time we finish the game walking nine guys, we struck out eight and walked nine, so we gave nine runners on base, and if you’re thinking about that that is already a couple of runs that have potential, and then combine that with a couple of throwing errors, that really lead to all three of their runs,” Miller said. “You take those away, and give them credit, they battled like crazy, but a wins a win, and we’re off to a good start on the season and we saw a lot of good things tonight.”
Washington moves to 2-0 on the season and will be off until Tuesday, when they play Iowa City Regina. Highland will be off until Tuesday as well and play Lone Tree to start the conference season.