The Washington Demons had great starts in their first two games at the state softball tournament, but in their third and final game, they just couldn’t find the magic and fell 10-1 to Indianola.
Washington was the visiting team, and got one hit from Kaitlin Buchholz, which gave her the new record for hits in a single season, a record that was held by Lucy Libe, the Demons could do nothing with Buchholz though, and the Indians had their own quick start, getting three runs on the board in the first inning off of five hits and eight batters which put the Demons down 3-0 quickly.
In the third, Washington finally got on the board when Sammy Ellingson reached on an error and Buchholz got the lone RBI for Washington to make it 3-1. Indianola got three more runs on the board in their half of the third though, as with two outs, an error loaded the bases and the Indians converted with two singles and three RBI’s to make the score 6-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, Indianola got close to ending it early after once again going through eight hitters, and after an error and then a hit batter Ashley Rausch was pulled for the day and Amber Linnenkamp came in in relief. Linnenkamp got the first batter to pop out, her second batter singled to load the bases and then a double by Ally Orwig made the score 8-1. Madi Parrot came up after her and singled to score two to make the score 10-1, and that was the end of the scoring.
Washington finished fourth at the state tournament for the second year in a row.
Rausch went four innings, giving up eight runs, seven earned on 10 hits and hit two batters, while Linnekamp came on in relief and went two innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Offensively Buchholz was 2-3 with an RBI.
McKenzie Ellis for Indianola went all seven, gave up just three hits and one unearned run on six strikeouts.
Washington head coach Angie Shrader talked after the game about how an emotional loss to Carlisle played into the loss against the Indians.
“I don’t think a lot of people realize, unless they have played the game in this type of a situation, just how rough last night was for everybody, it was a pretty emotional, draining game and it is really hard to bounce back from that, and obviously Indianola is a good team, they are the defending state champions, we just didn’t play our best tonight, it just wasn’t in the cards for us, but we’ll come back we’ll recover and we’ll come out next year hopefully ready to play more softball,” Shrader said.
Washington finished their season at 30-13, and with the end of the season have to say goodbye to five seniors, including Tamera Alexander, Maddie Bohr, Kaitlin Buchholz, Sammy Ellingson and Joni Erwin.
Catch head coach Angie Shrader on the PM sports page on Wednesday at 6 PM, as we wrap up the softball season.