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Demons Fall in St. Louis, but the Experience Trumps the Score

Posted: Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 8:30 am
Author: KCII Radio- Drew Shradel

The Demon baseball team play Williamsburg at Busch Stadium in St. Louis Missouri over the weekend, but the Demons couldn’t come away with the win.

After watching the Cardinals win in walk-off hit action, the Demons and Raiders hit the field to get their own game played.

Elijah Wood was out on the mound for Washington and threw a solid game that resulted in taking a no hitter into the fifth inning, but despite no hits, Williamsburg threatened a couple of times in the game due to walks, and errors. In the third, Williamsburg had two on with two outs, and no hits, but Wood came back and got Cody Marine to pop up and end the inning.

For Washington all of the offense came in the first inning, after Jacob Green reached on base on a fielder’s choice that got Tanner Knupp out, and then a huge triple into right center field by Walker Breard brought in Green. Williamsburg’s Zac Ellingson then balked with Breard on third, which provided and easy trip home for Breard to make the score 2-0.

The game remained 2-0 until the fifth inning when Wood gave up his first hits of the game, after walking the leadoff batter, Aaron Schultz singled to drive in the run and make it 2-1 Demons. That would be the day for Wood, going five innings with two hits, one run earned, four walks and three strikeouts.

In the sixth, Tanner Knupp came in and gave up a couple of singles that ended up tying up the game 2-2, and then in the seventh, Nick Spratt led off and was hit by a pitch, Schultz walked and then a two RBI single by Marine put the Raiders up 4-2, and that was the day for Knupp going an inning, and giving up four runs on three hits. Michael Gier was brought in to finish things up for Washington, but a single, and then a balk by Gier brought in another run and one more came in on an RBI single that made the final 7-2 score, as Washington could get nothing going offensively since the first.

Breard went 1-3 with a run and an RBI and a triple, and Green was 1-3 with a run.

Demon head coach Nathan Miller said despite the loss, this is something the boys will never forget.

“The Cardinals organization did a tremendous job of making the kids feel like they were part of a major league game, they had the scoreboard working, they had the live camera feed going on during the game, it was just a great, great atmosphere for the kids to play in, and they had the air show going on in the background during the game, so it was just a really neat experience for these kids, one that I’m sure they’ll never forget,” Miller said.

Washington will be action tonight against Ft. Madison.