The Demon baseball face No. 6 Benton Community last night and saw why they are ranked No. 6.
Austin Witt started for the Demons, and Benton had no problem chasing him off the mound, after three runs in the first inning, including a two run shot by Cody Mattison. In the second Witt struck out the first batter, but then hit the next one, and allowed three hits and three more runs, making the score 6-0 and Washington went to the bullpen and put Tanner Knupp on the mound.
One more run scored on Knupp making the score 7-0. Knupp pitched through the third which the Bobcats put two more on the board making it 9-0 after three, before Mason Quigley finished out the game in the fourth and the fifth. Benton Community put two more across the plate in the fourth and made it the final 11-0 score.
Washington had only two hits on the night and three base runners.
Witt finished with the loss with 1 1/3 innings, six hits, seven runs, all earned and two strikeouts, Knupp when 1 2/3 innings with one hit, two runs, one earned, a walk and two strikeouts, and Quigley went two innings, had three hits, two runs, both earned, three walks and two strikeouts.
Benton Community’s pitcher Clayton Wheeler made his first pitching debut and went all five innings, allowed just two hits, struck out three and allowed no runs.
Washington head coach Nathan Miller said his offense needs to have more of an edge when they get into the box.
“Well I think the thing that we needed to learn last night is that we need to step in the box with an edge,” Miller said. “If we can put up a few runs early in the game off of their pitcher the competitive juices are going to get flowing a little bit more.”
Washington won’t get a day off as they play Durant today.