The Washington baseball team will renew the county rivalry with Mid-Prairie tonight during the strikeout cancer game.
Mid-Prairie is coming off the loss to Wilton last night, and Washington is coming off getting swept by Mt. Pleasant last week, so both teams are looking to get a win here tonight.
The Demons are 5-2 this season and hitting .288 as a team. Three spot hitter Walker Breard has the best average with a .450 and has five RBI’s on the year, while Jacob Green still leads the team in RBI’s with nine and has a .364 average.
On the pitching staff, the Demons still have an ERA of just 1.49 and have double the amount of strikeouts to walks. The mound is passed between five different players and are still led by the closer Elijah Wood who has a 0 ERA in 15 innings with 26 strikeouts and an opponents batting average of .055. Wood is sitting in third in all of 3A for his opponents batting average for pitchers who have thrown 10 innings or more, and his ERA and OBA combined is first.
Mid-Prairie is 3-11 and is hitting .230 as a team. Spencer Shalla holds onto the best bat with a .314 average and three RBI’s, and he holds the best arm on the mound with a 1.09 ERA and 31 strikeouts. Combined for the Golden Hawk pitching staff they have 86 strikeouts and a 3.80 ERA.
Demon head coach Nathan Miller said this is a rivalry that you want to win, but at the same time is fun because of how the kids and the coaches know each other.
“It’s a rivalry game, the kids know each other, and Coach Koller was a Washington graduate, I remember when I was in eighth grade and he was a senior, I remember him being one of the leaders at practice when I was beginning to play, so I’ve known coach Koller for a long time,” Miller said. “It’s always a competitive game, it’s always a little bit more intense game, so [this is] a great time of the year to play this game.”
This game is the strikeout cancer night which means some of the proceeds will go to the Relay for Life as well as taking donations toward Relay.
Tonight’s game is at 7:30 at Wellman, and you can hear this game 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.