The Demon baseball team closed out their conference season the right way, with a conference sweep of Keokuk.
The Demons only gave up three runs on the night, winning 4-1 in the first game and 10-2 in the second game.
The first game was head coach Nathan Miller’s 200th career win as a head coach, and he started on his 300th with game two.
Washington had Tanner Knupp starting, whom Miller said was more comfortable starting then he is relieving, and it showed, sitting down the Chiefs in short order on just six pitches in the first. Washington could get nothing going in the first either, but in the second the bats came around and with one on and two outs Tanner Knupp hit a single to put two on, and then an error got Jacob Green to first and Jack Giardino scored to make it 1-0. Then with two on and two outs, Walker Breard hit a two RBI single into the outfield to make it 3-0 after two.
In the third the Chiefs got one on with two outs. Matt Murphy led off too much at first, and Knupp made a quick move over and picked off Murphy to send Keokuk back to the dugout three up, and three down. The score stayed 3-0 until the fourth where Mason Quigley was hit by a pitch and Tanner Knupp reached on an error to put two on with no outs, then Walker Breard stepped up and did what he does best, driving a two RBI double into left center field and then scored a run off an RBI single by Elijah Wood that just about went over the fence to make it 6-0. The Demons would score again in the fifth to make it 7-0.
In the sixth for Keokuk, they would finally get on the board, after a walk and a couple of singles, the Demons were still up 7-2, and the inning was closed out by a great 8-5 double play by Roder in center.
The Demons put three more up in the sixth, with help from Quigley’s two RBI double, which made the final 10-2 score.
Tanner Knupp threw the entire game, gave up two runs on six hits, and struck out five. Offensively Washington was led by Walker Breard who was 2-4 with three RBI’s and a run, and Tanner Knupp who was 2-4 with two runs.
Coach Miller said these two wins were total team efforts.
“Yeah, very good all the way across the board,” Miller said. “We’ve talked several times on the radio about our focus and what we are trying to accomplish and we were able to do that tonight. We got two excellent pitching performances from Elijah Wood in the first game and Tanner Knupp in the second game, and offensively we put together some good innings, and defensively we were errorless in the second game, and that is just a good sign of what director our guys are going.”
Washington plays Clear Creek Amana on Monday to end their regular season. It will also be senior night for the Demons.