This weekend the Demon baseball team broke their losing streak by sweeping Durant with a lot of offense.
In the first game, Washington was leading 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, but with two outs, Durant’s Justin Shaffer came up and hit a game tying two run shot.
Washington would come back in the ninth to win 5-4.
Then something clicked with the Demons. In game two they started out with two runs in the first with runs from Tanner Knupp and Jacob Green, but Durant got one back off errors in the first and then put four on the board in the second against young arm Michael Ellingson who was pulled after 1 1/3, so the Demons brought in Drake Brezina.
In the third no one scored any runs, but in the fourth inning Washington lit up the ball. Elijah Wood started the inning with a single and a stolen base, before Kyle Roder stepped up and hit a two run shot to make the score 5-4. Washington would have two outs against them after that, but that didn’t stop them, as Austin Witt and Mason Quigley both walked, and that brought up Knupp who drove both of them in on a two RBI double, and Green drove in Knupp to make the score 7-5.
Brezina kept the momentum rolling after sitting the Wildcats down in short order in the fourth, to bring up the fifth for Washington who again exploded offensively, leading off with four singles and a run, and that brought up RBI leader Green who hit a three RBI double to the fence. Then with one on, Walker Breard came up to bat and hit a two run shot, his second of the day, making it the second inning in a row that Washington batted through the order and making the score 13-5. Durant tried to make things interesting in the fifth as they put up three runs, off four hits, including a couple of doubles, but Brezina battled back and ended the inning with the Demons up 13-8.
Washington still wasn’t satisfied though, as in the sixth they would bat through the order yet again, with Kyle Roder leading off and hitting a full count solo shot for his second home run of the game, then after two outs the Demons rallied again, reaching on an error, and a walk and an RBI single to make the score 15-8. Then two players were hit by a pitch, loading the bases on the first one, and giving Walker Breard an RBI hit by pitch making the final 16-8 win.
Demon head coach Nathan Miller said the team did exactly what he challenged them to do after the Benton Community game.
“We challenged them [Friday night] we challenged them to make the change, make the adjustment in the game, and we want to be aggressive at the plate, and we did that the second game,” Miller said. “We kept our hands back, we transferred our weight the right way, and we had the attitude to hit, and that was the whole thing, the attitude to step in the box and you could see a difference in our kids tonight we they stepped in the box.”
The Demon’s offensive leader was Kyle Roder going 3-5 with three runs and three RBI’s off two homers, Jacob Green went 3-4 with two runs and four RBI’s, and Tanner Knupp was 3-5 with two runs and three RBI’s. Washington went through three pitchers, but the winner was Drake Brezina going 3 2/3 innings, with five hits, three runs, three earned, one walk and three strikeouts.