On Saturday the Washington Demons hosted their strikeout cancer event along with hosting Sigourney, IMS and WACO for a tournament as well.
In the first round it was Sigourney over WACO and Washington over IMS which meant that WACO and IMS met in the consolation game, in that game IMS had to pitch Keilah Brokaw, as they had pitched Laura Hochstetler already that day.
IMS started with getting a run on the board in the first, but WACO quickly answered with two runs of their own in an eight player-at-bat first inning. In the second IMS tied it up with another run, but WACO had another big inning with two, RBI doubles from Sara Conwell and Molly Edgar to take the lead 4-2. WACO scored two more runs in the third, and one in the fifth to make it 7-2, but IMS wasn’t counting themselves out, having their own run in the fifth, and getting two on quickly and both scoring off errors, and another run that came around off a passed ball to make the score 7-6.
WACO didn’t like the come back, and put three more runs up in the sixth off a two run single by Libby Skriver.
WACO won the Consolation game 10-6. Hannah Black got the win for WACO, pitching the whole game having four hits, six runs, four earned, three walks and two strikeouts. For IMS, Keilah Brokaw got pulled after three going three, giving up eight hits, six runs, six earned, no walks and two strikeouts, while her relief Casey Perez came in and had three innings of work gave up three hits, four runs, three earned, three walks and three strikeouts. Perez also took the loss for IMS.
In the Championship game, ranked Sigourney in 1A faced ranked Washington in 4A.
Maddie Bohr took the circle for Washington and she came out on fire, throwing two straight strikeouts and ending the inning in short order, Bohr had one hit off of her in the second, but threw two more strikeouts and made the play to finish it out. In the first inning for the Demons, Washington took a quick lead after Bohr was hit by a pitch and Kaitlin Buchholz scored her from third.
Bohr who was shutdown in the first two innings struggled in the third, walking the bases loaded, and giving up two RBI singles, before being pulled for Ashley Rausch to come in with no outs and the bases loaded. Rausch gave up on RBI single to make the score 3-1 Sigourney, but then Rausch found her arm and threw Sigourney into a 1-2-3 double play and a strikeout looking to end the inning. Bohr went two innings, allowed four hits, three runs, three earned, two walks and four strikeouts.
Washington came up in the third swinging the bat, and it was the hero of the top half Rausch who hit a two run double to pull the Demons even 3-3. Rausch continued to dominate Sigourney, throwing two short order innings while throwing. Washington’s bottom of the order could do nothing in the fourth, but the top of the order was coming back up in the fifth, and yet again Washington scored, this time three more runs off RBI singles from Buchholz, Rausch and a triple from Stephanie Fishback.
Demons won the game 6-3. Rausch got the win in relief with five innings pitched, allowing two hits, no runs one walk and four strikeouts. Jordan Carter for Sigourney took the loss going all six innings, allowing seven hits, six runs, five earned no walks or strikeouts.
Demon head coach Angie Shrader was happy about the win, but she was always thinking about the Strikeout Cancer event as well, and how they can always help those who struggle with cancer.
“A whole bunch of people coming together, it’s just a good way for Washington Demons to support all of those people who are battling an awful illness, and hopefully the money that we raised can help find with a cure, or at least come up with some drugs that will help someone survive a little bit longer after this illness that they are battling with,” Shrader said.
Washington goes on to play Fairfield tonight.